Mission typeEarth observation
COSPAR ID2011-015A
SATCAT no.37387
Mission duration5 years (planned)
10 years, 5 months and 29 days (in progress)
Spacecraft properties
ManufacturerIndian Space Research Organisation
Launch mass1,206 kg (2,659 lb)
Power1250 watts
Start of mission
Launch date20 April 2011, 04:42 UTC
RocketPolar Satellite Launch Vehicle, PSLV-C16
Launch siteSatish Dhawan Space Centre, First Launch Pad (FLP)
ContractorIndian Space Research Organisation
Entered service1 July 2011
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric orbit
RegimeLow Earth Orbit
Perigee altitude822 km (511 mi)
Apogee altitude822 km (511 mi)
Period101.35 minutes
Advanced Wide Field Sensor (AWiFS)
Linear Imaging Self-Scanning Sensor-3 (LISS-3)
Linear Imaging Self-Scanning Sensor-4 (LISS-4)

Resourcesat-2 is a follow on mission to Resourcesat-1 and the eighteenth Indian remote sensing satellite built by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). The new satellite provides the same services as the original Resourcesat-1, but was also designed to "provide data with enhanced multispectral and spatial coverage".[1] Compared to Resourcesat-1, LISS-4 multispectral swath has been enhanced from 23 km to 70 km based on user needs. Suitable changes including miniaturization in payload electronics have been incorporated in Resourcesat-2.[2]


Resourcesat-2 along with YouthSat and X-Sat (Singapore) was launched by the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C16 on 20 April 2011, at 04:42 UTC.[2]


The satellite carries three electrooptical cameras on board:

  • Advanced Wide-Field Sensor (AWiFS) with 56 meter spatial resolution
  • The Linear Imaging Self-Scanning Sensor-3 (LISS-3) with 23.5 meter spatial resolution
  • The Linear Imaging Self-Scanning Sensor-4 (LISS-4) with 5.8 meter spatial resolution [3]

Additionally, the satellite carries an AIS-receiver for exactEarth (COMDEV), which is known as exactView 2 (EV 2).


The three cameras of ResourceSat-2, were switched on, on 28 April 2011, and the images of high quality were received at Shadnagar Earth Station of the National Remote Sensing Centre of ISRO.[3]


  1. ^ "RESOURCESAT-2". ISRO. 2008. Retrieved 21 September 2015.
  2. ^ a b "PSLV launch: PSLV-C16 a workhorse launch vehicle for India". Economic Times. 20 April 2011. Retrieved 25 May 2013.
  3. ^ a b "ResourceSat-2 Sends High Quality Images". ISRO. 28 April 2011. Archived from the original on 27 September 2015. Retrieved 14 May 2021.

External links

  • Resourcesat-2 at the Indian Space Research Organisation