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Pléiades Primary (Download)

Primary: Sensor image, not georeferenced or map-projected, and rigourous model metadata (attitude, ephemeris) allowing geometric processing (orthorectification – DEM extraction). RGB+NIR (2 m) and panchromatic (0.5 m) bands.


Pléiades 1A/1B are very-high resolution twin satellites offering 0.5m resolution products. The constellation is highly reactive and has been designed for daily revisit anywhere on Earth, with stereo and tri-stereo capacity.

The Primary product is the geometric 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. This product is optimal for those clients familiar with satellite imagery processing techniques who want to apply their own production methods (orthorectification or 3D modelling for example). To this end, RPCs and the sensor model are provided with the product to ensure full autonomy and simplicity for users.

Pléiades Primary is an Analytic imagery product. This data block returns:

  • a multispectral image with 4 bands (RGB + NIR, 12 bits), and
  • a panchromatic image with 12 bits.

Please note: If the parameter clip_to_aoi is set to true, only the AOI is delivered. If it is set to false, the entire Pléiades scene is returned.

Technical information

Archive date / refresh frequencyArchives available starting from 2016, and from 2013 over the main urban areas. Yearly acquisitions over the +300.000 inhabitants urban areas. All 0.5m resolution images acquired every day by Airbus worldwide (with 30° incidence angle, max. 15% cloud cover in Regular Area, and max. 25% cloud cover in Difficult Area).
Frequency bandsPanchromatic: 0.470-0.830 µm / Blue: 0.430-0.550 µm / Green: 0.500-0.620 µm / Red: 0.590-0.710 µm / Near Infrared: 0.740-0.940 µm
ResolutionPanchromatic: 0.5 m / Multispectral: 0.5 m / Swath: 20km at nadir
Processing levelOrtho Bundle 12 bits Analytic GeoTIFF (Level1)
Data formatGeoTIFF format

Use cases

For more information about potential use cases, see the use cases gallery.

Block Capabilities

This block supports the following input and output capabilities.


"input_capabilities": {},


"output_capabilities": {
        "raster": {
        "up42_standard": {
          "format": "GTiff",
          "resolution": 0.5,
          "sensor": "Pleiades",
          "dtype": "uint16",
          "processing_level": "l1"


Internal Use: For customers who are using this block to perform their daily operations, and keep the dataset and all derivatives for internal use only.

Streaming vs. Download: This block is a Download block which allows downloading or storing the original images, and not only the analytics results. This page describes the differences in more detail.

More information

For more information, please visit the technical documentation.


To know more please check the block capabilities specifications.

Terms & conditions

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