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Nov 20, 1981


Bhaskara II, was launched on November 20, 1981 from Kapustin Yar onboard the Inter¬cosmos launch vehicle. The main objectives of Bhaskara-II, similar to Bhaskara-I, were to conduct earth observation experiments for applications related to hydrology, forestry, and geology using the two band television camera system operating in the 0.54 to 0.66 microns visible band and 0.75 to 0.85 micron near infra red band and to conduct ocean-surface studies using Satellite Microwave Radiometer (SAMIR) operating at 19.35, 22.235 & 31.4 GHz frequency band

Successful operation during mission life. Despite the problem faced by one of the two onboard cameras, sent more than two thousand images which were used for many studies.
Mission Experimental Remote Sensing
Weight 444 kg
onboard power 47 Watts
Communication VHF band
Stabilization Spin stabilized (spin axis controlled)
Payload TV cameras, three band Microwave Radiometer (SAMIR)
Launch date Nov 20, 1981
Launch site Volgograd Launch Station (presently in Russia)
Launch vehicle C-1 Intercosmos
Orbit 541 x 557 km
Inclination 50.7o
Mission life One year (nominal)
Orbital Life About 10 years ( Re-entered in 1991 )


प्रमोचन भार / Launch Mass: 
444 kg
मिशन कालावधि / Mission Life : 
One year (nominal)
शक्ति / Power: 
47 W
C-1 Intercosmos
उपग्रह का प्रकार / Type of Satellite: 
Earth Observation
निर्माता / Manufacturer: 
स्‍वामी / Owner: 
अनुप्रयोग / Application: 
Earth Observation
कक्षा का प्रकार / Orbit Type: