IRS P8 (CartoSat-2A)

Satellite characteristics

Launch Date - End 1209247200 -

Status Operational

Orbit type sun-synchronous orbit

Altitude 635

Orbit inclination 97.94

Orbit period 97.4

Satellite family: IRS (Indian Remote Sensing Satellites)

IRS is the integrated LEO (Low Earth Orbit) element of India's NNRMS (National Natural Resources Management System) with the objective to provide a long-term spaceborne operational capability to India for the observation and management of the country's natural resources (applications in agriculture, hydrology, geology, drought and flood monitoring, marine studies, snow studies, and land use).

The intend of the program is to create an environment of new perspectives for the Indian research community as a whole, to stimulate the development of new technologies and applications, and to utilize the Earth resources in more meaningful ways.

Sensor characteristics

Sensor name PAN (Panchromatic Camera) 2
Sensor short description
Sensor type Imaging radiometer (Vis/IR)
Resolution class Very High (1 - 5 m)
Swath width (at nadir) 16 km