Earth Observation Mission News
Pléiades Neo moves a step closer to launch with latest development
13 December 2019
Airbus has reached a very significant milestone in the development of the new Pléiades Neo satellite constellation, with assembly of the first two high-resolution optical satellites completed in November.
The team behind the ambitious programme, which is based within Airbus Defence and Space's facilities in Toulouse, France, is now shifting their effort onto the final testing phase. The constructed satellites, individually named Pléiades Neo 1 and Pléiades Neo 2, have begun their comprehensive environmental qualification to ensure full verification before in-orbit operation, in preparation for the launch planned for mid-2020. In parallel, the ground segment development has also entered its final testing phase, with the start of technical qualification aiming at validating the system's operational procedures.
Image credit: Airbus - Pleiades Neo Satellite