|Mission type||Earth observation|
|Mission duration||11 years and 8 months|
|Launch mass||1250 kg|
|Dimensions||1.93 x 1.7 x 1.65 metres|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||28 December 1995|
|Rocket||Molniya-M / Blok 2BL|
|Launch site||Baikonur, Site 31/6|
|Contractor||Central Specialized Design Bureau (TsSKB)|
|End of mission|
|Last contact||21 September 2007|
|Reference system||Geocentric |
|Perigee altitude||816 km|
|Apogee altitude||818 km|
|Epoch||28 December 1995|
IRS-1C was the fourth remote sensing Indian satellite built, and designed by Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). IRS-1C is first second-generation operational Remote Sensing Satellite. The satellite carries payloads with enhanced capabilities like better spatial resolution additional spectral bands, improved repetitivity and augment the remote sensing capability of the existing IRS-1A and IRS-1B.
The primary objective of IRS-1C was to provide systematic and repetitive acquisition of data of the Earth's surface under nearly constant illumination conditions.
IRS 1-C was the fourth of the Indian natural resource imaging satellites and was launched by a Molniya-M rocket from the Baykonur Cosmodrome. The 1,250 kilograms (2,760 lb) spacecraft carried three instruments. Images from regions other than India will be downlinked and distributed through a commercial entity in the United States.
IRS-1C was equipped with three sensors:
The images was marketed through a private company in the United States. The data transmitted from the satellite was gathered from National Remote Sensing Centre, Hyderabad and EOSAT, a partnership of Hughes Aircraft and RCA.
IRS-1C completed its services on 21 September 2007 after serving for 11 years and 8 months.