|Mission type||Earth observation|
|Operator||Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)|
|Mission duration||Planned: 5 years|
Elapsed: 12 years, 8 months, 20 days
|Manufacturer||Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)|
|Launch mass||690 kg |
|Dry mass||626 kg |
|Power||900 watts |
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||28 April 2008 at 03:54:00 UTC|
|Launch site||Satish Dhawan, SLP|
|Contractor||Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)|
|Perigee altitude||616 km|
|Apogee altitude||637 km|
|Epoch||28 April 2008|
Cartosat-2A is an Earth observation satellite in a sun-synchronous orbit and the third of the Cartosat series of satellites. The satellite is the thirteenth satellite in the Indian Remote Sensing (IRS) satellite series to be built, launched and maintained by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
The IMS-1 satellite is a Ministry of Defence mission for the Government of India. It is a dedicated satellite for the Indian Armed Forces which is in the process of establishing an Aerospace Command.
The satellite carries a panchromatic (PAN) camera capable of taking black-and-white pictures in the visible region of electromagnetic spectrum. The highly agile Cartosat-2A can be steered up to 45° along as well as across the direction of its movement to facilitate imaging of any area more frequently. The satellite's health is continuously monitored from the Spacecraft Control Centre at Bangalore with the help of ISTRAC network of stations at Bangalore, Lucknow, Mauritius, Bearslake in Russia, Biak in Indonesia and Svalbard in Norway.