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Cartosat 2, 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D, 2E

Cartosat 2 [ISRO]

Cartosat-2 will be an advanced remote sensing satellite with a single panchromatic camera capable of providing scene-specific spot imageries for cartographic applications. The camera is designed to provide imageries with better than one meter spatial resolution and a swath of 10 km. The satellite will have high agility with capability to steer along and across the track up to + 45 degrees. It will be placed in a sun-synchronous polar orbit at an altitude of 630 km. It will have a revisit period of four days. The re-visit can be improved to one day with suitable orbit manoeuvres.

Several new technologies like two mirror on axis single camera, Carbon Fabric Reinforced Plastic based electro optic structure, lightweight, large size mirrors, JPEG like data compression, advanced solid state recorder, high-torque reaction wheels and high performance star sensors are being employed in Cartosat-2.

Cartosat-2 suffered from some problems after launch. An improved Cartosat 2A was launched in 2008. Cartosat 2B followed in 2010.

Cartosat 2C was launched into a lower 505 km orbit for better ground reslution.

Cartosat 2D will follow in March 2017 and Cartosat 2E is planned for late 2017.

Nation: India
Type / Application: Earth Observing
Operator: ISRO
Contractors: ISRO
Equipment:
Configuration: IRS-2 Bus
Propulsion: ?
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: 5 years
Mass: 650 kg (#2); 690 kg (#2A); 694 kg (#2B), 727 kg (#2C)
Orbit: 630 km × 630 km, 97.9 (#2); 505 km × 505 km, 97.9 (#2)
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Cartosat 2 2007-001B 10.01.2007 Sr FLP PSLV-G (3) with SRE 1, LAPAN-Tubsat, PehuenSat 1
Cartosat 2A 2008-021A 28.04.2008 Sr SLP PSLV-CA with IMS 1, CanX 6, CanX 2, AAUSAT 2, Cute 1.7 + APD II, COMPASS 1, Delfi C3, SEEDS 2, Rubin 8-AIS
Cartosat 2B 2010-035A 12.07.2010 Sr SLP PSLV-CA with AlSat 2A, AISSat 1, STUDSAT, TIsat 1
Cartosat 2C 2016-040A 22.06.2016 Sr SLP PSLV-XL with SkySat 3, BIROS, M3MSat, LAPAN A3, GHGSat-D, Flock-2p 1, ..., 12, SathyabamaSat, Swayam, BeeSat 4
Cartosat 2D - 2017 Sr PSLV-CA ? with Blue Diamond, Green Diamond, Red Diamond
Cartosat 2E - 2017 Sr PSLV-CA ?

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