Pleiades full archive and tasking

17 Sep 2021

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The Pléiades twins (1A and 1B) deliver very high-resolution optical data (up to 0.5m resolution Pancromatic and Colour and 2 m Multispectral) and offer a daily revisit capability to any point on the globe. The swath width is of about 20 km (footprint at nadir).

The ortho-products are automatically generated by the Pleiades ground segment, based on SRTM or Reference3D database. The projection available for Pleiades ortho-products is UTM, datum WGS84.


  • Panchromatic image at 0.5 m resolution
  • Pansharpened colour image at 0.5 m resolution
  • Multispectral image in 4 spectral bands at 2 m resolution
  • Bundle (0.5m panchromatic image + 2 m multispectral image)

Processing levels:

  • Primary: The Primary product is the processing level closest to the natural image acquired by the sensor. This product restores perfect collection conditions: the sensor is placed in rectilinear geometry, and the image is clear of all radiometric distortion.
  • Standard Ortho: The Ortho product is a georeferenced image in Earth geometry, corrected from acquisition and terrain off-nadir effects.
  • Tailored Ortho: Aside from the Standard Ortho product, when different specifications are needed, a custom orthorectification, with a more precise 3D model provided by the client or acquired for the purpose, can be provided on demand.

The products are available as part of the Airbus provision from Pleiades and Spot missions. Pleiades collection has worldwide coverage: the GeoStore Catalogue can be accessed (self registration requested) to discover and check the data readiness.

To complement the traditional and fully customised ordering and download of selected Pléiades and SPOT images in a variety of data formats, the user can also request a subscription for the access to OneAtlas Living Library where the entire OneAtlas optical archive is made available in streaming mode and updated on daily basis.

Search (based on parameter or AOI) and View functionalities are accessible via the OneAtlas Living Library portal or via API

Three different subscription packages will be at the availability of users: a limitation to 80,000 tiles, a limitation to 160.000 tiles, and an all-you-can-eat (unlimited) access. The subscriptions will be open for consumption for one entire year.

All details about the data provision, data access conditions and quota assignment procedure are described into the Terms of Applicability available in Resources section.



Spatial coverage: 
90 N, -90 S, -180 W, 180 E
Temporal coverage:
2012-01-01 - present
Date of launch:
2012-12-02, 2011-12-17
Mission status:
Orbit height:
694 km
Orbit type:
Swath width:
20 km at nadir
Very High Resolution - VHR (0 - 5m)
VIS (0.40 - 0.75 µm), NIR (0.75 - 1.30 µm)


level 1a , level 3 , multiple


The collection is open for research and application development, prototype and test projects to users located in the territory of ESA Member States (including Canada), in the European Commission Member States and in China as part of the Dragon cooperation programme but Airbus can introduce limitations due to security regulations.

Data are available to order on demand upon submission of a Project Proposal subject to evaluation and acceptance by ESA and the data owner.

The process takes up to two weeks and there are no deadlines for submitting a proposal.

For further information about the EO Sign In Service you can visit TellUS

Should you need support please contact EOHelp

ESA will support as many high-quality and innovative projects as possible within the quota limit available, therefore only a limited amount of products can be allowed to each project.

Availability and restrictions to the use of the data are described in the ESA Third Party Missions (TPM) T&C document and in the Terms of Applicability document


Specific restrictions to the use of data may apply for TPMs according to the terms of applicability valid for each mission. Utilisation of this data is subject to ESA's Earth Observation Terms and Conditions



Pleiades product description
Product Specifications
Pleiades Imagery User Guide
Product Specifications
GeoStore Catalogue
OneAtlas Living Library
SPOT and Pleiades Terms of Applicability
Access Guide
Guidelines for the submission of Project Proposal
Data Access Information
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