A Resourcesat-2A miniature model at Ashok Hotel, New Delhi
Mission typeRemote-sensing
OperatorIndian Space Research Organisation
COSPAR ID2016-074A
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Mission durationPlanned: 5 years
Elapsed: 4 years, 4 months, 12 days
Spacecraft properties
Launch mass1,235 kilograms (2,723 lb)[1]
Start of mission
Launch dateDec 7, 2016 (2016-12-07)
RocketPSLV C36
Launch siteSatish Dhawan FLP
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
Perigee altitude817 kilometres (508 mi)
Apogee altitude817 kilometres (508 mi)
Inclination98.72 degrees
Period102 minutes
Resourcesat satellites
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Resourcesat-2A is a follow on mission to Resourcesat-1 and Resourcesat-2 which were launched in October, 2003 and 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]


The satellite contains 3 payloads 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.
  • The Linear Imaging Self-Scanning Sensor (LISS-III) - 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.
  • LISS-IV Camera - It operates in three spectral bands in the Visible and Near Infrared Region 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.[4]

The satellite also carries two Solid State Recorders with a capacity of 200 Giga Bits to store the images which can be read out later to ground stations.[5]


The satellite was launched aboard PSLV-C36,the 38th flight of PSLV, on December 7, 2016.[2] For the first time, Navic processor and receiver was used to navigate PSLV.[6]

See also


  1. ^ "Resourcesat 2, 2A".
  2. ^ a b D.S., Madhumathi (2016). "Remote sensing satellite Resourcesat-2A launched" (published December 7, 2016). The Hindu.
  3. ^ "Isro successfully launches remote sensing satellite RESOURCESAT-2A". Press Trust of India.
  4. ^ "Three Tier Imaging of Resourcesat-2A" (PDF). Cite magazine requires |magazine= (help)
  5. ^ "India Puts Remote Sensing Satellite RESOURCESAT-2A Into Orbit". Indo-Asian News Service. Dec 7, 2016.
  6. ^ Tejonmayam, U (Dec 7, 2016). "ISRO successfully places remote sensing satellite Resourcesat-2A in orbit".

External links

  • Official Website