Mission typeEarth observation
COSPAR ID2016-040A Edit this at Wikidata
SATCAT no.41599
Mission duration5 years (planned)
6 years, 2 months and 15 days (in progress)
Spacecraft properties
ManufacturerIndian Space Research Organisation
Launch mass728 kg (1,605 lb) [2]
Power986 watts
Start of mission
Launch date22 June 2016, 03:56 UTC[3]
RocketPolar Satellite Launch Vehicle-XL, PSLV-C34
Launch siteSatish Dhawan Space Centre, Second Launch Pad (SLP)
ContractorIndian Space Research Organisation
Entered service22 September 2016
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric orbit[4]
RegimeSun-synchronous orbit
Perigee altitude497 km (309 mi)
Apogee altitude519 km (322 mi)
Period94.72 minutes

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.[3][5]


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.[6] The satellite has a spatial resolution of 0.6 metres.[5] 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.[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


  1. ^ "Cartosat 2, 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D, 2E, 2F". Gunter's Space Page. 7 July 2020. Retrieved 11 May 2021.
  2. ^ a b "PSLV-C34: Cartosat Brochure" (PDF). ISRO. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  3. ^ a b "PSLV-C34 / Cartosat-2 Series Satellite". ISRO. 22 June 2016. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  4. ^ "CARTOSAT 2C". Heavens Above. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  5. ^ a b "ISRO to focus on R&D, industries' space pie to be scaled up". The Hindu. 5 August 2013. Retrieved 9 February 2016.
  6. ^ "Satellite:Cartosat-2C". WMO. Retrieved 9 February 2016.
  7. ^ "India's Gateway Into the Future". Archived from the original on 5 March 2017.
  8. ^ "పిఎస్‌ఎల్‌వి-34 ప్రయోగం వాయిదా". Andhrabhoomi. Retrieved 21 June 2016.