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Mission type Remote-sensing
Operator Indian Space Research Organisation
COSPAR ID 2011-015A
Mission duration 5 years
Spacecraft properties
Launch mass 1,206 kilograms (2,659 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date April 20, 2011 (2011-04-20)
Rocket PSLV C16
Launch site Satish Dhawan FLP
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime LEO
Perigee 817 kilometres (508 mi)
Apogee 817 kilometres (508 mi)
Inclination 98.72 degrees
Period 102 minutes

Resourcesat-2 is a follow on mission to Resourcesat-1 and the eighteenth Indian Remote Sensing satellite built by ISRO. The new satellite provides the same services as the original RESOURCESAT-1, but was also designed to "provide data with enhanced multispectral and spatial coverage".[1] Compared to Resourcesat-1, LISS-4 multispectral swath has been enhanced from 23 km to 70 km based on user needs. Suitable changes including miniaturization in payload electronics have been incorporated in Resourcesat-2. Resourcesat-2 along with Youthsat and X-Sat (Singapore) was launched on PSLV-C16 on 20 April 2011.[2]

ResourceSat-2A was launched on December 07, 2016.


The satellite contains 3 multispectral cameras on board.

  • Advanced Wide-Field Sensor (AWiFS) with 56 meter spatial resolution.
  • The Linear Imaging Self-Scanning Sensor (LISS-III) with 23.5 meter spatial resolution
  • S-AIS (Satellite-based Automatic Identification System) for tracking maritime traffic in Indian Ocean Search & Rescue Region
  • LISS-IV Camera with 5.8 meter spatial resolution.[3]


  1. ^ "RESOURCESAT-2", (2008), Earth Observation Satellites, Indian Space Research Organisation. Retrieved 21 September 2015.
  2. ^ "PSLV launch: PSLV C 16 a workhorse launch vehicle for India", (20 April 2011). Economic Times. Retrieved 25 May 2013.
  3. ^ "RESOURCESAT - 2 Sends High Quality Images (press release)", (28 April 2011). Indian Space Research Organisation. Retrieved 21 September 2015.

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