CartoSat-2F satellite
Mission typeEarth Observation
COSPAR ID2018-004A Edit this at Wikidata
SATCAT no.43111
Mission duration5 years (planned)
6 years, 5 months and 19 days (in progress)
Spacecraft properties
ManufacturerIndian Space Research Organization
Launch mass710 kg (1,570 lb)
Power986 watts
Start of mission
Launch date12 January 2018, 03:59 UTC
RocketPolar Satellite Launch Vehicle-XL, PSLV-C40
Launch siteSatish Dhawan Space Centre,
First launch Pad (FLP)
ContractorIndian Space Research Organisation
Entered service12 April 2018
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric orbit
RegimeSun-synchronous orbit
Periapsis altitude505 km (314 mi)
Apoapsis altitude505 km (314 mi)
Period94.72 minutes

Cartosat-2F is the eighth satellite in the Cartosat-2 Series. It is an Earth observation satellite launched on the PSLV-C40 mission by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).[3]


Originally, Cartosat-2E was published as the last Cartosat-2 satellite to be launched, as Cartosat-3 Series spacecraft were scheduled to launch in 2018. Cartosat-2F was first listed on launch schedules as Cartosat-2ER, a name possibly indicating it was originally a replica of Cartosat-2E to be used as a spare.[4]

Satellite description

Like other satellites in the series, Cartosat-2F was built on an IRS-2 bus. It uses reaction wheels, magnetorquers, and hydrazine-fueled reaction control thrusters for stability. It has a design service life of five years.[5] Cartosat-2F has three main remote sensing instruments, a panchromatic camera called PAN, a four channel visible/near infrared radiometer called HRMX, and a Event Monitoring camera (EvM).[3]


The picture shows the route of the satellite Cartosat-2F. Satellite uses a dogleg maneuver to avoid debris falling over Sri Lanka.

The PSLV-C40 launch was initially placed on hiatus following failures with the nose cone and satellite deployment systems of PSLV-C39, but was cleared to launch once these issues were resolved.[9] It was launched at 03:59 UTC from First Launch Pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre on 12 January 2018,[10] the third of the series to be launched within a year.[5] After 16 minutes and 37 seconds, Cartosat-2F was separated from the launch vehicle, and the ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ITTCN) took control of the satellite for maneuvers to its desired orbit.[10] The launch also marked the 100th satellite successfully put into orbit by the ISRO.[11]


The first image returned by the mission, on 15 January 2018; was of Holkar Stadium and the surrounding community in Indore, Madhya Pradesh.[12] The PAN camera is designed to have a spatial resolution less than one meter and a swath width of ten kilometers.[2]

On 27 November 2020, at 01:49 UTC, Cartosat-2F and Russia's Kanopus-V No. 3 spacecraft came very close while in orbit, passing each other at distance of nearly 200 to 450 meters.[13][14]


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  2. ^ a b "Cartosat 2, 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D, 2E, 2F". Gunter's Space Page. 7 July 2020. Retrieved 14 May 2021.
  3. ^ a b "Satellite: CartoSat-2F". World Meteorological Organization (WMO). 4 January 2020. Retrieved 14 May 2021.
  4. ^ Graham, William (11 January 2018). "India's PSLV successfully launches Cartosat-2F". Retrieved 14 May 2021.
  5. ^ a b "Display: Cartosat-2F 2018-004A". NASA. 27 April 2021. Retrieved 14 May 2021. Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  6. ^ "Instrument: PAN (CartoSat 2C/2D)". World Meteorological Organization. 11 June 2018. Retrieved 14 May 2021.
  7. ^ "Instrument: HRMX". World Meteorological Organization. 6 January 2020. Retrieved 14 May 2021.
  8. ^ "Instrument: EvM". World Meteorological Organization. 4 January 2020. Retrieved 14 May 2021.
  9. ^ "PSLV all set to ferry 31 satellites on 12 January". The Hindu. 10 January 2018. Retrieved 14 May 2021.
  10. ^ a b "PSLV Successfully Launches 31 Satellites in a Single Flight". ISRO. 12 January 2018. Archived from the original on 30 November 2020. Retrieved 14 March 2021.
  11. ^ "ISRO launches 100th satellite Cartosat-2 Series". Tehelka. Tehelka. Archived from the original on 1 March 2019. Retrieved 28 February 2019.
  12. ^ Rahul, K. R. (4 December 2019). "Cartosat-2F first image stunningly sharper than Google Map". International Business Times, Singapore Edition. Retrieved 14 May 2021.
  13. ^ "Russian and Indian satellites missed each other in space at 200 m". Roscosnos. 27 November 2020. Retrieved 14 May 2021.
  14. ^ "Indian, Russian satellites just metres away in space; Roscosmos says 224 m, ISRO says 420 m". The Times of India. 28 November 2020. Retrieved 14 May 2021.