|Mission type||Earth Observation, Remote Sensing|
|Mission duration||9 years and 10 months|
|Launch mass||920 kg|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||21 March 1996, 04:53:00 UTC|
|Launch site||Sriharikota, FLP|
|End of mission|
|Last contact||January 2006|
|Perigee altitude||802 km|
|Apogee altitude||848 km|
|Epoch||21 March 1996|
IRS-P3 was an Earth observation mission launched under the National Natural Resources Management System (NNRMS) programme undertaken by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). The objectives of the mission was processing and interpretation of data generated by its two payloads, the Wide Field Sensor (WiFS) and Modular Opto-electric Sensor (MOS), developed by the German Aerospace Center.
IRS-P3 was remote sensing satellite launched by ISRO on board of Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket for remote sensing of Earth's natural resources. It also hosted a scientific payload, Indian X-ray Astronomy Experiment (IXAE), for the study of X-ray astronomy. The IRS-P3 satellite contained an X-ray astronomy payload, a C-band transponder and two remote sensing payloads. IRS-P3 was one of the satellite in the Indian Remote Sensing Programme of Earth Observation satellites, assembled, launched and maintained by Indian Space Research Organisation. There was no data recording device on board of the IRS-P3 and data was transmitted in real-time to the ground stations in Hyderabad (India) and Neustrelitz (Germany).
IRS-P3 carried two remote sensing payloads and one X-ray astronomy: