Mission typeEarth observation
COSPAR ID2010-035A
SATCAT no.36795
WebsiteCartosat-2B webpage
Mission duration5 years (planned)
10 years, 9 months, 2 days (elapsed)
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft typeCartosat
BusIRS-2 [1]
Launch mass694 kg (1,530 lb) [2][3]
Dry mass630 kg (1,390 lb)
Power930 watts
Start of mission
Launch date12 July 2010, 03:52:00 UTC [4]
RocketPolar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C15) [5]
Launch siteSatish Dhawan, FLP [5]
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric orbit [6]
RegimeSun-synchronous orbit
Perigee altitude623 km (387 mi)
Apogee altitude644 km (400 mi)
Period94.72 minutes
Cartosat Series

CARTOSAT 2B is an Earth observation satellite in a sun-synchronous orbit and the fourth of the Cartosat series of satellites. The satellite is the seventeenth satellite in the Indian Remote Sensing (IRS) satellite series to be built by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).[7] It was launched along with the 116 kg Algerian satellite Alsat-2A, one nanosatellite each from Canada (AISSat-1) and Switzerland (TIsat-1), and STUDSAT-1, an indian picosatellite, on 12 July 2010 in a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket from the spaceport at Sriharikota.[8]

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-2B can be steered up to 26° along as well as across the direction of its movement to facilitate imaging of any area more frequently.

See also


  1. ^ Krebs, Gunter. "Cartosat 2, 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D, 2E". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  2. ^ "Cartosat-2B". ISRO. 12 July 2010. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  3. ^ "Satellite: CartoSat-2B". World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  4. ^ "Cartosat 2B - Trajectory Details". National Space Science Data Center. NASA. Retrieved 19 June 2017. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  5. ^ a b "PSLV-C15/Cartosat-2B Mission Brochure" (PDF). Indian Space Research Organisation. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  6. ^ "CARTOSAT 2B - Orbit". Heavens Above. 19 June 2017. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 21 January 2013. Retrieved 30 July 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "ISRO to launch more satellites this year". The Times of India. 12 July 2010. Retrieved 12 July 2010.