Astrium, a space technology company, and CNES, the French government space agency, announced a major improvement in Pléiades satellite image quality, including sharper products and enhanced geometry.

A new algorithm, developed by the French Space Agency, provides images with better-drawn, neater contours, with a better understanding of the surface texture. These improvements facilitate better photo interpretation and the accuracy of 3D models resulting from stereo images.

These gains encompass:

• Better pan-sharpening.
• More accurate rational polynomial coefficient, improving ortho-rectification and stereoscopic quality.
• Better focal plane characterization

These modifications have been achieved by upgrading the Pléiades Ground Segment. All Pléiades 1A and 1B images processed now will be of better quality, including archived data that is reprocessed.