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CartoSat-2F satellite
Mission typeEarth Observation
OperatorISRO [1]
COSPAR ID2018-004A
SATCAT no.43111
WebsiteCartosat 2 Series Satellite
Mission duration5 years (planned)
3 years, 3 months, 8 days (elapsed)
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft typeCartosat
BusCartosat-2 Series
Launch mass710 kg
Power986 watts
Start of mission
Launch date12 January 2018, 03:59:00 UTC
RocketPolar Satellite Launch Vehicle S/N PSLV-C40
Launch siteSatish Dhawan Space Centre,
First launch Pad (FLP)
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric orbit
RegimeSun-synchronous orbit
Period94.72 minutes
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 (ISRO).[2]


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.[3]


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.[4] It was launched at 09:29 local time from First Launch Pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre on 12 January 2018,[5] the third of the series to be launched within a year.[6] After 16 minutes and 37 seconds, Cartosat-2F was separated from the launch vehicle, and the ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ITTCN) took control of the satellite for maneuvers to its desired orbit.[5] The launch also marked the 100th satellite successfully put into orbit by the ISRO.[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.[6] 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 15 January 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]


  1. ^ "PSLV C40 • Cartosat-2F". Spaceflight101. Retrieved 2 March 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Satellite: CartoSat-2F". World Meteorological Organization (WMO).
  3. ^ Graham, William (11 January 2018). "India's PSLV successfully launches Cartosat-2F". Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  4. ^ "PSLV all set to ferry 31 satellites on 12 January". The Hindu. 10 January 2018. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  5. ^ a b "PSLV Successfully Launches 31 Satellites in a Single Flight". ISRO. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  6. ^ a b "Display: Cartosat 2F 2018-004A". NASA. 14 May 2020. Retrieved 22 January 2021. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  7. ^ "ISRO launches 100th satellite Cartosat-2 Series". Tehelka. Retrieved 28 February 2019.
  8. ^ Rahul, K. R. (18 January 2018). "Cartosat-2F first image stunningly sharper than Google Map". International Business Times, Singapore Edition. Retrieved 28 February 2019.
  9. ^ Krebs, Gunter. "Cartosat 2, 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D, 2E, 2F". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 28 February 2019.
  10. ^ "Russian and Indian satellites missed each other in space at 200 m". Retrieved 27 November 2020.
  11. ^ "Indian, Russian satellites just metres away in space; Roscosmos says 224 m, ISRO says 420 m". The Times of India. Retrieved 27 November 2020.