Earth Observation Satellites Launched by India Since 2010

Starting with IRS-1A (1988), India today has one of the largest constellations of remote sensing satellites orbiting earth in different orbits. These satellites provide necessary data in diversified spatial, spectral and temporal resolutions with varieties of instruments onboard. The data received from these satellites are used for several applications covering agriculture, water resources, urban planning, rural development, mineral prospecting, environment, forestry, ocean resources and disaster management. We are here with all earth observation satellites launched by India since 2010.

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Earth Observation Satellites Launched by India Since 2010

List of all earth observation satellite launched by India since 2010.

Satellite Application Launch Vehicle Orbit Type Launch Date
RISAT-2BR1 Disaster Management System, Earth Observation PSLV-C48/RISAT-2BR1 LEO Dec 11, 2019
Cartosat-3 Earth Observation PSLV-C47 / Cartosat-3 Mission SSPO Nov 27, 2019
RISAT-2B Disaster Management System, Earth Observation PSLV-C46 Mission LEO May 22, 2019
HysIS Earth Observation PSLV-C43 / HysIS Mission SSPO Nov 29, 2018
Cartosat-2 Series Satellite Earth Observation PSLV-C40/Cartosat-2 Series Satellite Mission SSPO Jan 12, 2018
Cartosat-2 Series Satellite Earth Observation PSLV-C38 / Cartosat-2 Series Satellite SSPO Jun 23, 2017
Cartosat -2 Series Satellite Earth Observation PSLV-C37 / Cartosat -2 Series Satellite SSPO Feb 15, 2017
RESOURCESAT-2A Earth Observation PSLV-C36 / RESOURCESAT-2A SSPO Dec 07, 2016
SCATSAT-1 Climate & Environment PSLV-C35 / SCATSAT-1 SSPO Sep 26, 2016
INSAT-3DR Climate & Environment, Disaster Management System GSLV-F05 / INSAT-3DR GSO Sep 08, 2016
CARTOSAT-2 Series Satellite Earth Observation PSLV-C34 / CARTOSAT-2 Series Satellite SSPO Jun 22, 2016
INSAT-3D Climate & Environment, Disaster Management System Ariane-5 VA-214 GSO Jul 26, 2013
SARAL Climate & Environment, Earth Observation PSLV-C20/SARAL SSPO Feb 25, 2013
RISAT-1 Earth Observation PSLV-C19/RISAT-1 SSPO Apr 26, 2012
Megha-Tropiques Climate & Environment, Earth Observation PSLV-C18/Megha-Tropiques SSPO Oct 12, 2011
RESOURCESAT-2 Earth Observation PSLV-C16/RESOURCESAT-2 SSPO Apr 20, 2011
CARTOSAT-2B Earth Observation PSLV-C15/CARTOSAT-2B SSPO Jul 12, 2010

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Important Abbreviations Related to Indian Space Research Organization

  • LEO – Low Earth Orbit (LEO) – An orbit with an altitude of 2,000 km (1,200 mi)
  • SSPO – Sun-Synchronous Polar Orbit
  • PSLV – Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV)
  • RISAT – Radar Imaging Satellite
  • GTO – Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit

Currently, India has a total of 17 operational earth monitoring satellites.  13 in the Sun-synchronous Orbit

  • RESOURCESAT-1, 2, 2A
  • CARTOSAT-1, 2, 2A, 2B
  • RISAT-1 and 2
  • OCEANSAT-2
  • Megha-Tropiques
  • SARAL
  • SCATSAT-1

4 in Geostationary orbit

  • INSAT-3D
  • Kalpana & INSAT 3A
  • INSAT -3DR

 

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