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Pleiades 1



Pleiades 1, a French Earth observation satellite was launched from Kourou on 17 December 2011 at 02:03 UT. The craft weighed 970 kg and was launched by a Soyuz rocket. Pleiades 1 is a multi-role observation craft. It will collect high-resolution (features as small as 0.5 m) optical imagery for military and civilian users. When operational, it will collect up to 450 images each day, including tri-stereo imagery and mosaics. Pleiades 1 will be in its final orbit about 10 days after launch. It is designed for a five-year mission.

Alternate Names

  • 38012
  • Pleiades1

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2011-12-17
Launch Vehicle: Soyuz
Launch Site: Kourou, French Guiana
Mass: 970 kg

Funding Agency

  • Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (France)


  • Surveillance and Other Military
  • Earth Science

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

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