|Mission type||Earth observation|
|Mission duration||5 years (planned)|
10 years, 9 months, 2 days (elapsed)
|Launch mass||694 kg (1,530 lb) |
|Dry mass||630 kg (1,390 lb)|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||12 July 2010, 03:52:00 UTC |
|Rocket||Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C15) |
|Launch site||Satish Dhawan, FLP |
|Reference system||Geocentric orbit |
|Perigee altitude||623 km (387 mi)|
|Apogee altitude||644 km (400 mi)|
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). 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.
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.