Pléiades to launch on December 16, 2011

The Pléiades 1 satellite will be launched on December 16, 2011 on a Soyouz rocket leaving from Kourou spaceport in French Guiana. This will be the first of two identical satellites that will image the Earth for more than 10 years, delivering 50-cm imagery products.
Pléiades 1 will be joined in space by its twin, Pléiades 2 in a year. The two satellites will be operated on a phased orbit, enabling a daily revisit capacity anywhere on Earth, for any application requiring regular monitoring. We expect that Pléiades 1 imagery will be commercially available from March 2012.

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