|Mission type||Earth observation|
|Mission duration||5 years (planned)|
6 years, 2 months and 15 days (in progress)
|Manufacturer||Indian Space Research Organisation|
|Launch mass||728 kg (1,605 lb) |
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||22 June 2016, 03:56 UTC|
|Rocket||Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle-XL, PSLV-C34|
|Launch site||Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Second Launch Pad (SLP)|
|Contractor||Indian Space Research Organisation|
|Entered service||22 September 2016|
|Reference system||Geocentric orbit|
|Perigee altitude||497 km (309 mi)|
|Apogee altitude||519 km (322 mi)|
Cartosat-2C is an Earth observation satellite in a Sun-synchronous orbit (SSO) 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 (ISRO). It was launched on 22 June 2016.
The CartoSat-2C carries a panchromatic camera (PAN) capable of taking black-and-white pictures in the visible region of electromagnetic spectrum. It also carries a High-Resolution Multi-Spectral (HRMX) radiometer which is a type of optical imager. The satellite has a spatial resolution of 0.6 metres. CartoSat-2C is also capable of capturing minute long video of a fixed spot as well, Event Monitoring camera (EvM) for frequent high-resolution land observation of selected areas.
The satellite launch was originally planned for 20 June 2016, however it was delayed twice due to a gas leakage. 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.