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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


Satellite Image Spot6 Woolsey Fire Malibu    
Artist View TRUTHS-courtesy of NPL    
SEOSAT Ingenio Shipment Minister Speech    
SEOSAT Ingenio Loading Ongoing    
SEOSAT Ingenio ready for Loading    
SEOSAT Ingenio Packing Copyright Airbus Francisco Lechon    
SEOSAT Ingenio Loading into cargo plane    
SEOSAT Ingenio Loading in    
SEOSAT Ingenio Loading Copyright Airbus    
CRISTAL artist view    
Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich shipment    
Sentinel-1C radar antenna unfolding test    
 Sentinel-2A satellite    
Great Barrier Reef image from Sentinel-2A satellite    
Central Eastern Brazil image from Sentinel-2A satellite    
Sentinel 2A    
EarthCARE and ATLID    
EarthCARE and ATLID    
Infographic PAZ-ES_Copyright Airbus2017    
Infographic PAZ-EN_Copyright Airbus2017    
Sentinel-5p - Overview    
Sentinel-5p - Function    
Sentinel-5p - Airbus Contribution    
Copernicus and Sentinels Infographic ES    
Copernicus and Sentinels Infographic FR    
Copernicus and Sentinels Infographic DE    
Copernicus and Sentinels Infographic EN    
Copernicus And Sentinels Infographic    
Pléiades Neo set for launch in early 2021      
 GRACE-FO satellites      
COD3D Earth Obsevation Programme      
CO3D Earth Obsevation Programme (French)      
Sentinel 2      
Pléiades Neo - Communication video      
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      
PerúSAT-1 Customer's Testimonials      
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      

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