|Mission type||Earth observation|
|Mission duration||Planned: 5 years |
Elapsed: 3 years, 7 months, 3 days
|Launch mass||712 kg (1,570 lb)|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||23 June 2017, 03:59UTC|
|Launch site||Satish Dhawan FLP|
|Perigee altitude||505 km (314 mi)|
|Apogee altitude||505 km (314 mi)|
Cartosat-2E is an Earth observation satellite developed by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), and is the seventh in the Cartosat series. It is designed to collect high-resolution, large-scale imagery for use in urban planning, infrastructure development, utilities planning, and traffic management.
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. 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. India has allocated ₹160 crore (US$25 million in 2017) for the project.
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). 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).