Pléiades

Very high resolution 50 cm optical satellite imagery, acquired worldwide with a daily revisit rate. The collection contains data from 2012 to the present.


Overview

Pléiades imagery is acquired by two very high resolution optical satellites (Pléiades 1A and 1B) daily anywhere on the globe. Catalog datasets are available starting from 2012. See more on the marketplace.

A Pléiades image of Rotterdam (NL)

Geographic coverage

The geographic coverage is global.

Specifications

General

SpecificationDescription
Collection typeTasking
Catalog
Product typeOptical
System typeSatellite

Data

SpecificationDescription
Spatial resolutionPansharpened and panchromatic: 50 cm (very high)
Multispectral: 2 m (high)
Bit depth per pixelTasking:
  • GeoTIFF: 8 or 16‑bit
  • JPEG 2000: 8 or 12‑bit
Catalog:
  • Analytic: 12‑bit
  • Pansharpened reflectance: 16‑bit
  • Display: 8‑bit
Standard deliveryA ZIP file containing the following files:
  • Data (catalog: GeoTIFF; tasking: GeoTIFF or JPEG 2000)
  • Metadata (XML, PDF)
  • Masks (GML, KML)
  • Thumbnails (JPEG)

Processing levels

Tasking levels

Catalog levels

*Upon request.

System

SpecificationDescription
Acquisition modeTasking:
  • Mono
  • Stereo
  • Tri-stereo
Catalog:
  • Mono
  • Stereo*
  • Tri-stereo*
Incidence angleFrom 5° to 50°
Off-nadir viewing angle30°
Tasking priorityStandard
OrbitSun-synchronous, at 694 km
Revisit rateDaily
Catalog refresh rateDaily
Swath width20 km

*Upon request.

Spectral bands

SpecificationDescription
Band dataPanchromatic: 470–830 nm
Multispectral:
  • 430–550 nm (blue)
  • 500–620 nm (green)
  • 590–710 nm (red)
  • 740–940 nm (near-infrared)
Combinations and bundlesTasking:
  • Panchromatic
  • 3-band: pansharpened true color (RGB)
  • 3-band: pansharpened false color (RG and NIR)
  • 4-band: multispectral (RGB and NIR)
  • 4-band: pansharpened (RGB and NIR)
  • Bundle: panchromatic and 4-band multispectral (RGB and NIR)
Catalog:
  • Analytic:
    • Bundle: panchromatic and 4-band multispectral (RGB and NIR)
  • Pansharpened reflectance and display:
    • 4-band: pansharpened (RGB and NIR)

Geographic reference

SpecificationDescription
Coordinate reference systemTasking: EPSG:4326
Catalog: UTM-WGS84

Limitations

Tasking limitations

LimitationValue
InputAOI from 5 km2 and at least 2 km wide
Minimum chargeAs per 100 km2
Cloud coverage5–20%
OutputAOI-clipped imagery

Catalog limitations

LimitationValue
InputAOI, depending on the asset delivery time:
  • < 10 min: from 0.1 km2
  • < 24 hours: from 1 km2
  • Non-integrated: from 25 km2 at least 500 m wide
AvailabilityFrom 2012
OutputAOI-clipped imagery

UP42 data products

Tasking data products

DescriptionData product IDCollection name
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Catalog data products

DescriptionData product IDCollection name
Analytic

Analytic has a more stable contrast and can be used to extract physical properties, such as radiance or reflectance — for example, in vegetation health monitoring.

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Pansharpened reflectance

Pansharpened reflectance is a pansharpened analytics image with a multispectral Look-Up-Table containing rendering of color curves.

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Display

Display has a true color curve applied on top of atmospheric correction. As a result, it looks better visually and can be used to extract features — for example, in car detection or infrastructure monitoring.

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Delivery structure

In a standard delivery, an IMG_ directory contains imagery and uses file naming conventions to indicate the spectral processing of the delivered data product.

Naming conventionDescription
_MS_Analytic multispectral assets
_P_Analytic panchromatic assets
_PMS_Pansharpened reflectance assets
Display assets