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                        Earth Observation Portfolio 

                        Earth Observation Portfolio 


                        Airbus is the go-to supplier for complete Earth observation satellite systems. Its comprehensive portfolio means Airbus is able to provide the right satellite and system for every customer – whether they need a weather-independent data source, a small constellation for high-frequency revisits, very high-resolution imagery or even all of the above (and more) in a single system.

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                        Optical Earth observation satellites

                        S250 optical

                        This small satellite is a perfect solution for constellation operations designed for optimised revisit cycles It benefits from Airbus’ experience in constellation design and production, embedding electric propulsion and flight-proven new space equipment

                        • Massive acquisition capacity
                        • Versatile acquisition modes
                        • Enhanced ground segment reduces time from image request to information access
                        • Can be operated alone or in constellation for an increased revisit rate 

                        S450 optical

                        A follow-on design to numerous satellites in operation today, its substantial heritage makes this satellite highly attractive

                        • The benchmark satellite for VHR applications
                        • Combines the advantages of a low-mass system with the strong performance of a larger platform

                        S950 optical

                        • Highest resolution on the market, combined with the most accurate geolocation
                        • Ultimate reactivity: High satellite agility coupled with state-of-the-art ground segment
                        • Selected for Airbus’ own Pléiades Neo 4-satellite constellation


                        Relying on the flight-proven NAOMI optical instruments, all of the optical satellites can achieve high-end optical performance and image quality standards at resolutions down to a sub-metric class.

                        Radar Earth observation satellites

                        S250 radar

                        This satellite benefits from Airbus’ experience in constellation design and production, embedding electric propulsion and flight-proven new space equipment

                        • Excellent agility and image performance
                        • Optimised revisit rates
                        • Simplified common operations for S250 radar/ optical constellations

                        S850 radar

                        A high-power satellite offering extensive SAR capabilities, relying on proven technologies

                        • Ability to monitor a high number of targets with frequent revisit
                        • Enhanced performance in a single pass
                        • 25 VHR images within a 100x100km² theater 

                        Satellite imagery


                        S950 Optical    
                        S250 Radar    
                        S250 Optical    
                        S850 Radar    
                        S450 Optical    
                        Airbus engineer testing ocean satellite Sentinel-6A’s    
                        Airbus engineer testing ocean satellite Sentinel-6A’s    
                        Artist Impression Of An Oberon Project Spacecraft    
                        Artist impression of an Oberon Project Spacecraft Cluster    
                        CO3D Copyright Airbus 2019    
                        Vision 1 Melbourne Australia - Airbus DS 2019    
                        Aeolus Spacecraft And Its Instrument Aladin    
                        Web Homepage Keeper Of The Winds Copyright ESA    
                        Earth Observation Portfolio    
                        Airbus Sentinels    
                        PAZ Satellite Copyright Airbus2018    
                        PAZ Satellite    
                        Princes' Park of Paris, France Pleiades Satellite Imagery    
                        Sentinel-5p - Overview    
                        Sentinel-5p - Function    
                        Sentinel-5p - Airbus Contribution    
                        COD3D Earth Obsevation Programme      
                        CO3D Earth Obsevation Programme (French)      
                        The MetOp-C weather satellite      
                        Sentinel-5 Precursor      
                        Biomass - Promo clip      
                        The New Journey into Space      
                        Earth Observation Portfolio      
                        PerúSAT-1 - A 24-month story from A to Z      
                        Copernicus and its Sentinels      
                        Copernicus - Sentinel 2B      
                        Sentinel-2 - Promotionnal clip      
                        Airbus Defence and Space to build Biomass – the European Space Agency’s forest mission      
                        Earth Observation      
                        Secure Exchange Gateway Lösung von Airbus Defence and Space      
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                        SpaceDataHighway - Interview Evert Dudok      
                        Capacity Building      
                        Interview of Fabrice Chenille, Head of Marketing for Space Systems      
                        Grace-FO - Animation Footage      
                        Climate Change      

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