Satnews Daily
February 27th, 2020

Airbus Conducts Comprehensive Testing of Pléiades Neo

There are tests and then there are tests ... such as tests that involve extreme temperatures and vacuum, vibration and acoustic noise, as well as electromagnetic interference.

The items being subjected to these abuses are the first two Airbus-built Pléiades Neo imaging satellites.

Airbus has started comprehensive environmental testing, to ensure they are ready for in-orbit operation and to ensure they can withstand the harsh conditions during launch and their mission in orbit.

Pléiades (Airbus Defense & Space, France)

These first two new generation very high-resolution satellites are on schedule for launch as planned in mid-2020. They will join Airbus' constellation of optical and radar satellites, improving both the revisit and resolution capacities. 

Entirely funded, manufactured, owned and operated by Airbus, Pléiades Neo will provide institutional and commercial customers with high-level insights for the next 12 years.

Each satellite will be adding half a million km² per day at 30cm resolution to Airbus’ offering. 

The images will be streamed into the OneAtlas on-line platform, thanks to an innovative cloud-based ground segment architecture, allowing customers to have immediate access to freshly acquired and archived data as well as analytics.