Mission typeEarth observation
COSPAR ID2017-036C
SATCAT no.42767
WebsitePSLV-C38 webpage
Mission durationPlanned: 5 years
Elapsed: 3 years, 9 months, 29 days
Spacecraft properties
Launch mass712 kg (1,570 lb)[2]
Power986 watts[2]
Start of mission
Launch date23 June 2017, 03:59 (2017-06-23UTC03:59) UTC[3]
RocketPSLV-XL C38[3]
Launch siteSatish Dhawan FLP[2]
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
Perigee altitude505 km (314 mi)
Apogee altitude505 km (314 mi)
Period94.72 minutes
Cartosat series

Cartosat-2E is an Earth observation satellite developed by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), and is the seventh in the Cartosat series.[4] It is designed to collect high-resolution, large-scale imagery for use in urban planning, infrastructure development, utilities planning, and traffic management.[5]

The satellite was launched on 23 June 2017, along with NIUSAT and 29 other satellites, aboard a PSLV-XL rocket from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre First Launch Pad.[3][6] With a mass of 712 kilograms (1,570 lb), it is deployed into a 505-kilometre (314 mi) Sun-synchronous orbit for a five-year primary mission.[2] India has allocated ₹160 crore (US$25 million in 2017) for the project.[7]


Cartosat-2E carries two primary instruments: the Panchromatic Camera (PAN) and the High-Resolution Multi-Spectral radiometer (HRMX). PAN is capable of taking panchromatic (black and white) photographs in a selected portion of the visible and near-infrared spectrum (0.50–0.85 µm) at a resolution of 65 centimetres (26 in).[8] HRMX is a four-channel radiometer sensitive across the entire visible spectrum and part of the near-infrared spectrum (0.43–0.90 µm) at a resolution of 2 metres (6.6 ft).[9]

See also


  1. ^ Krebs, Gunter. "Cartosat 2, 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D, 2E". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e "PSLV-C38: Cartosat-2 Series Satellite Brochure" (PDF). Indian Space Research Organisation. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  3. ^ a b c Graham, William (22 June 2017). "PSLV rocket launches Cartosat 2E and 30 small sats". Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  4. ^ "Cartosat-2E". World Meteorological Organization. Retrieved 9 September 2016.
  5. ^ "ISRO anticipates high resolution images from Cartosat satellites". The Hindu. 8 May 2016. Retrieved 9 September 2016.
  6. ^ Prasannal, Laxmi (15 June 2017). "ISRO to launch 'Cartosat 2E' on board PSLV-C38 on June 23". The Times of India. Times News Network. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  7. ^ "Space Projects Initiated/Pending Completion". Press Information Bureau, Government of India. 24 July 2014. Retrieved 9 September 2016.
  8. ^ "Instrument: PAN (CartoSat 2C/D)". World Meteorological Organization. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  9. ^ "Instrument: HRMX". World Meteorological Organization. Retrieved 19 June 2017.