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Mission type Weather
Operator ISRO
COSPAR ID 2002-043A
Website ISRO Web-site
Mission duration 7 years[1]
Spacecraft properties
Manufacturer ISRO Satellite Center
Space Applications Centre
Launch mass 1,060 kilograms (2,340 lb)
Power 550 watts
Start of mission
Launch date 12 September 2002, 10:24:00 (2002-09-12UTC10:24Z) UTC[2]
Rocket PSLV C4
Launch site Satish Dhawan FLP
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Geostationary
Longitude 74° East
Eccentricity 0.0
Perigee 35,807.7 kilometres (22,249.9 mi)
Apogee 35,779.0 kilometres (22,232.0 mi)
Inclination 0 degrees
Period 24 hours

Kalpana-1 is the first dedicated meteorological satellite launched by Indian Space Research Organisation using Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle on 2002-09-12. The satellite is three-axis stabilized and is powered by solar panels, getting up to 550 watts of power. The METSAT bus was used as the basis for the Chandrayaan lunar orbiter mission of 2008.


Originally known as MetSat-1, the satellite was the first launched by the PSLV into the Geostationary orbit. On February 5, 2003 it was renamed to Kalpana-1 by the Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in memory of Kalpana Chawla—a NASA astronaut who perished in the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster.

The satellite features a Very High Resolution scanning Radiometer (VHRR), for three-band images (visible, infrared, and thermal infrared) with a resolution of 2 x 2 km, and a Data Relay Transponder (DRT) payload to provide data to weather terrestrial platforms.[2] Its mission is to collect data in layer of clouds, water vapor, and temperature of the atmosphere.

VHRR scanning radiometer[edit]

The three band images are:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Kalpana - 1". Isro.org. Isro. 
  2. ^ a b "Geostationary Satellites - Kalpana-1(METSAT)". Indian Space Research Organization. 2009. Archived from the original (ASPX) on 2009-10-20. Retrieved 2009-10-20. 
  3. ^ "Kalpana 1". Nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov. Nasa.