Resourcesat-2A is a follow on mission to Resourcesat-1 and Resourcesat-2 which were launched in October 2003 and in April 2011 respectively. The new satellite provides the same services as the other Resourcesat missions. It will give regular micro and macro information on land and water bodies below, farm lands and crop extent, forests, mineral deposits, coastal information, rural and urban spreads besides helping in disaster management.[2]

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Mission typeEarth observation
COSPAR ID2016-074A
SATCAT no.41877
Mission duration5 years (planned)
5 years, 5 months and 19 days (in progress)
Spacecraft properties
ManufacturerIndian Space Research Organisation
Launch mass1,235 kg (2,723 lb) [1]
Power1250 watts
Start of mission
Launch date7 December 2016, 04:54 UTC
RocketPSLV-XL C36
Launch siteSatish Dhawan Space Centre, First Launch Pad (FLP)
ContractorIndian Space Research Organisation
Entered serviceFebruary 2017
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric orbit
RegimeLow Earth Orbit
Perigee altitude817 km (508 mi)
Apogee altitude817 km (508 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)


The satellite contains three instruments on board:

  • Advanced Wide-Field Sensor (AWiFS) - it operates in three spectral bands in VNIR and one band in SWIR. It provides images with 56 meter spatial resolution that would be useful at the State level.
  • Linear Imaging Self-Scanning Sensor-3 (LISS-3) - it operates in three-spectral bands, two in VNIR and one in Short Wave Infrared (SWIR) bandwidth. With 23.5 meter spatial resolution it can provide images at the district level. It has a swath of 740 km and revisit period of 5 days.
  • Linear Imaging Self-Scanning Sensor-4 (LISS-4) - it operates in three spectral bands in the Visible and Near Infrared Region (VNIR) with 5.8 meter spatial resolution that can provide information at taluk level.[3] It has swath of 70 km and revisit period of 5 days.[1]

The satellite also carries two Solid State Recorders with a capacity of 200 Gigabits to store the images which can be read out later to ground stations.[4]


The satellite was launched aboard PSLV-C36, the 38th flight of Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-XL), on 7 December 2016, at 04:54 UTC.[2] For the first time, Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) processor and receiver was used to navigate PSLV.[5]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "PSLV-C36 Resourcesat 2A" (PDF). Indian Space Research Organisation. December 2016. Archived (PDF) from the original on 15 April 2022.
  2. ^ a b D.S., Madhumathi (2016). "Remote sensing satellite Resourcesat-2A launched". The Hindu (published 7 December 2016). Archived from the original on 15 April 2022.
  3. ^ "ISRO successfully launches remote sensing satellite RESOURCESAT-2A". Mint. Press Trust of India. 7 December 2016. Archived from the original on 15 April 2022.
  4. ^ "India Puts Remote Sensing Satellite RESOURCESAT-2A Into Orbit". NDTV. Indo-Asian News Service. 7 December 2016. Archived from the original on 15 April 2022.
  5. ^ Tejonmayam, U. (7 December 2016). "ISRO successfully places remote sensing satellite Resourcesat-2A in orbit". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 15 April 2022.

External linksEdit

  • Official Website