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Mission typeEarth Observation
Remote Sensing
COSPAR ID1994-068A
SATCAT no.23323Edit this on Wikidata
Mission duration3 years
Spacecraft properties
Launch mass804 kilograms (1,773 lb)
Power510 watts
Start of mission
Launch dateOctober 15, 1994 (1994-10-15)
Launch siteSriharikota FLP
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric

IRS-P2 was an Earth observation satellite launched under the NNRMS (National Natural Resources Management System) programme undertaken by ISRO. The objectives of the mission was to provide spaceborne capability to India in observing and managing the Natural Resources and utilizing them in productive manner. The satellite carried Imaging multi-spectral radiometers on board for radio sensing of the resources.


The satellite was designed, developed and tested in just one and a half years.[2] IRS-P2 is one of the satellites in the Indian Remote Sensing series of Earth Observation satellites, assembled, launched and maintained by the Indian Space Research Organisation.[3] The satellite was controlled by ISRO Telemetry Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) in Bangalore, Lucknow and Mauritius. The National Remote Sensing Agency (NRSA), Hyderabad received the first signal from IRS-P2 98 minutes after the launch. The IRS-P2 was declared operational from 7 November 1994 after certain orbital manoeuvres and started its 3-year-long observation mission.[4][5]


IRS-P2 carried two identical payloads, LISS-2A & LISS-2B which were capable of providing imagery in four spectral bands in the visible and IR range with 32.74 meter resolution.[6][7]

Mission Completion[edit]

IRS-P2 completed its mission successfully in 1997 with duration of 3 years.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "IRS-P2 - Gunter Space Page". Retrieved March 8, 2013.
  2. ^ "India's IRS family comes of age. (Indian Remote Sensing satellites)". Hindustan Times  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required). August 1, 1996. Retrieved 8 March 2013.
  3. ^ "IRS-P3". Earthnet Online. Retrieved 2013-02-02.
  4. ^ "Space Yuga".
  5. ^ "Space Craft Encyclopedia".
  6. ^ "ISRO-IRS-P2". Vikram Sarabhai Space Center. VSSC. Retrieved March 8, 2013.
  7. ^ "Earth Observation Satellites >> IRS-P2". ISRO. Retrieved March 8, 2013.

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