PSLV-C40/Cartosat-2 Series
Picture of Cartosat Satellite
CartoSat 2 (Image Credit ISRO)
Mission typeReconnaissance
COSPAR ID2018-004A
SATCAT no.43111
WebsiteCartosat 2 Series Satellite
Mission durationPlanned: 5 years
Elapsed: 3 years, 5 days
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft typeEarth Observation
Launch mass710 Kg
Power986 Watts
Start of mission
Launch date03:59:00, 12 January 2018 (UTC) (2018-01-12T03:59:00UTC)
Launch siteSatish Dhavan Space Center, Sriharikotta, India
Orbital parameters
Reference systemCircular polar Sun Synchronous
RegimeSun-synchronous orbit
Inclination97.47 Degree
Period94.72 Minute
Cartosat series

Cartosat-2F is the eighth satellite in the Cartosat-2 series. It is an Earth observation satellite launched on the PSLV-C40 mission by the Indian Space Research Organisation.[2] The PSLV-C40 launch was initially placed on hiatus following failures with the nose cone and satellite deployment systems of PSLV-C39, but was cleared to launch once these issues were resolved.[3] It was launched at 09:29 local time from First Launch Pad at Sriharikota Range on January 12, 2018,[4] the third of the series to be launched within a year.[5] After 16 minutes and 37 seconds, Cartosat-2F was separated from the launch vehicle, and the ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network took control of the satellite for maneuvers to its desired orbit.[4] The launch also marked the 100th satellite successfully put into orbit by the ISRO.[6]

Originally, Cartosat-2E was published as the last Cartosat-2 satellite to be launched, as Cartosat-3 series spacecraft were scheduled to launch in 2018. Cartosat-2F was first listed on launch schedules as Cartosat-2ER, a name possibly indicating it was originally a replica of Cartosat-2E to be used as a spare.[7]

Like other satellites in the series, Cartosat-2F was built on an IRS-2 bus. It uses reaction wheels, magnetorquers, and hydrazine-fueled reaction control thrusters for stability. It has a design service life of five years.[5] Cartosat-2F has two main remote sensing instruments, a panchromatic camera called PAN and a four channel visible/near infrared radiometer called HRMX.[2]

The first image returned by the mission, on January 15, 2018; was of Holkar Stadium and the surrounding community in Indore, Madhya Pradesh.[8] The PAN camera is designed to have a spatial resolution less than one meter and a swath width of ten kilometers.[9]

On 27 November 2020 at 01:49 UTC, Cartosat-2F and Russia's Kanopus-V No.3 spacecraft came very close while in orbit, passing each other at distance of nearly 200 to 450 meters.[10][11]


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  2. ^ a b "Satellite: CartoSat-2F". World Meteorological Organization.
  3. ^ "PSLV all set to ferry 31 satellites on January 12". The Hindu. 10 January 2018. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  4. ^ a b "PSLV Successfully Launches 31 Satellites in a Single Flight - ISRO". ISRO. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Cartosat 2F". NASA. Retrieved 28 February 2019.
  6. ^ "ISRO launches 100th satellite Cartosat-2 Series | Tehelka". Tehelka. Retrieved 28 February 2019.
  7. ^ Graham, William (11 January 2018). "India's PSLV successfully launches Cartosat-2F –". Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  8. ^ K R, Rahul (18 January 2018). "Cartosat-2F first image stunningly sharper than Google Map". International Business Times, Singapore Edition. Retrieved 28 February 2019.
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  10. ^ "News. Russian and Indian satellites missed each other in space at 200 m". Retrieved 2020-11-27.
  11. ^ Nov 27, Chethan Kumar / TNN /; 2020; Ist, 22:31. "Indian, Russian satellites just metres away in space; Roscosmos says 224m, Isro says 420m | India News - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2020-11-27.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)