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French satellite “Pleiades” sent first pictures from Central Paris, will compete with GeoEye and DigitalGlobe.

Europe Security News. High Resolution Pleiades imaging satellite sent first pictures. This shot is from Central Paris, showing the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Seine and other historical sites.

Already placed in space, the new French high resolution imaging satellite “Pleiades” has sent down its first pictures like one shot of central Paris, showing the Tour Eiffel , the Louvre and the Place De La Concorde.

The Pleiades project will produce pictures that will show discernable details on the ground as small as half a metre.

The spacecraft will give Europe competition capability against American companies like GeoEye and DigitalGlobe.

Pleiades will now win a share of this high tech market.

Equipped with control moment gyros,  Pleiades has the ability to swivel its instrument in quick time to go from a 20 km image to see in detail a small object like a mosaic.

Using the gyros the Pleiades can go in seconds from one to another location separated by logn distances. That means the possibility to collect many images in shorter time, and even  build up 3D models of the ground thanks to the different viewing angles provided by the gyros.