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Mission type Earth observation
Operator ISRO
COSPAR ID 2016-040A
SATCAT no. 41599
Website PSLV-C34 webpage
Mission duration Planned: 5 years
Elapsed: 2 years, 3 months, 22 days
Spacecraft properties
Bus IRS-2[1]
Manufacturer ISRO
Launch mass 727.5 kg (1,604 lb)[2]
Power 986 watts[2]
Start of mission
Launch date 22 June 2016, 03:56 (2016-06-22UTC03:56) UTC[3]
Rocket PSLV-XL C34[2]
Launch site Satish Dhawan SLP[2]
Contractor ISRO
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Sun-synchronous
Eccentricity 0.001578
Perigee 497 km (309 mi)
Apogee 519 km (322 mi)
Inclination 97.4581°
Period 94.72 minutes
Epoch 19 June 2017, 12:18:57 UTC[4]
Cartosat series

Cartosat-2C is an Earth observation satellite in a sun-synchronous orbit and is a fifth flight unit of Cartosat series of satellites. The satellite is built at space application centre Ahemdabad, launched and maintained by the Indian Space Research Organisation. It was launched on 22 June 2016.[3][5]


The satellite carries a panchromatic (PAN) camera capable of taking black-and-white pictures in the visible region of electromagnetic spectrum. It also carries a High-Resolution Multi-Spectral which is a type of optical imager.[6] The satellite would have spatial resolution of 0.6 metres.[5] Satellite is mentioned to be capable of capturing minute long video of a fixed spot as well.[7]


The satellite launch was originally planned for 20 June 2016, however it was delayed twice due to a gas leakage.[8] It was launched on 22 June 2016 from the second pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre. The minisatellites LAPAN-A3, BIROS, and SkySat Gen2-1, microsatellites GHGSat-D, and M3MSat, and nanosatellites Swayam, and SathyabamaSat, and 12 Flock-2P Dove nanosatellites were launched along with CartoSat-2C.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Krebs, Gunter. "Cartosat 2, 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D, 2E". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e "PSLV-C34: Cartosat Brochure" (PDF). Indian Space Research Organisation. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  3. ^ a b "PSLV-C34 / Cartosat-2 Series Satellite". Indian Space Research Agency. 22 June 2016. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  4. ^ "CARTOSAT 2C - Orbit". Heavens-Above. 19 June 2017. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  5. ^ a b "ISRO to focus on R&D, industries' space pie to be scaled up". Press Trust of India. The Hindu. 5 August 2013. Retrieved 9 February 2016.
  6. ^ "Satellite:Cartosat-2C". Retrieved 9 February 2016.
  7. ^ "Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) India's Gateway Into the Future".
  8. ^ "పిఎస్‌ఎల్‌వి-34 ప్రయోగం వాయిదా". Andhrabhoomi. Retrieved 21 June 2016.