Mission typeEarth observation
COSPAR ID2010-035A
SATCAT no.36795
Mission duration5 years (planned)
11 years and 16 days (in progress)
Spacecraft properties
ManufacturerIndian Space Research Organisation
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 UTC
RocketPolar Satellite Launch Vehicle, (PSLV-C15)
Launch siteSatish Dhawan Space Centre, First Launch Pad (FLP)
ContractorIndian Space Research Organisation
Entered serviceOctober 2010
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric orbit[4]
RegimeSun-synchronous orbit
Perigee altitude623 km (387 mi)
Apogee altitude644 km (400 mi)
Period94.72 minutes
Panchromatic Camera (PAN)

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).[5]


The satellite carries a panchromatic camera (PAN) 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. Very-high-resolution land imagery.[3]


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, at 03:52 UTC[6] in a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C15) launch vehicle from the spaceport at Sriharikota.[7][8]

See also


  1. ^ "Cartosat 2, 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D, 2E, 2F". Gunter's Space Page. 7 July 2020. Retrieved 10 May 2021.
  2. ^ "Cartosat-2B". ISRO. 12 July 2010. Retrieved 14 May 2021.
  3. ^ a b "Satellite: CartoSat-2B". World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Retrieved 14 May 2021.
  4. ^ "CARTOSAT 2B". Heavens Above. Retrieved 14 May 2021.
  5. ^ "Cartosat-2B". ISRO. Archived from the original on 21 January 2013. Retrieved 13 May 2021.
  6. ^ "Display: Cartosat-2B 2010-035A". NASA. 27 April 2021. Retrieved 13 May 2021. Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  7. ^ "PSLV-C15 / Cartosat-2B Mission Brochure" (PDF). ISRO. 2010. Retrieved 14 May 2021.
  8. ^ "ISRO to launch more satellites this year". The Times of India. 12 July 2010. Retrieved 12 July 2010.