Apr 20, 2011

RESOURCESAT-2

RESOURCESAT-2 is a follow on mission to RESOURCESAT-1 and the eighteenth Remote Sensing satellite built by ISRO. RESOURCESAT-2 is intended to continue the remote sensing data services to global users provided by RESOURCESAT-1, and to provide data with enhanced multispectral and spatial coverage as well.

Important changes in RESOURCESAT-2 compared to RESOURCESAT-1 are: Enhancement of LISS-4 multispectral swath from 23 km to 70 km and improved Radiometric accuracy from 7 bits to 10 bits for LISS-3 and LISS-4 and 10 bits to 12 bits for AWIFS. Besides, suitable changes, including miniaturisation in payload electronics, have been made in RESOURCESAT-2.

RESOURCESAT-2 also carries an additional payload known as AIS (Automatic Identification System) from COMDEV, Canada as an experimental payload for ship surveillance in VHF band to derive position, speed and other information about ships.

RESOURCESAT-2 carries two Solid State Recorders with a capacity of 200 Giga Bytes each to store the images taken by its cameras which can be read out later to ground stations.

Mission Remote Sensing
Orbit Circular Polar Sun Synchronous
Orbit altitude at injection 822 km + 20 km (3 Sigma)
Orbit Inclination 98.731º + 0.2º
Lift-off Mass 1206 kg
Orbit Period 101.35 min
Number of Orbits per day 14
Local Time of Equator crossing 10:30 am
Repetivity 24 days
Attitude and Orbit Control 3-axis body stabilised using Reaction Wheels, Magnetic Torquers and Hydrazine Thrusters
Power Solar Array generating 1250 W at End Of Life, two 24 AH Ni-Cd batteries
Launch date April 20, 2011
Launch site SHAR Centre Sriharikota India
Launch vehicle PSLV- C16
Mission life 5 years

 

Launch Mass: 
1206 kg
Mission Life: 
5 years
Power: 
1250 W
Launch Vehicle: 
PSLV-C16/RESOURCESAT-2
Type of Satellite: 
Earth Observation
Manufacturer: 
ISRO
Owner: 
ISRO
Application: 
Earth Observation
Orbit Type: 
SSPO