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IRS-P3 is an Indian Remote Sensing spacecraft launched by a 4-stage PSLV-D3 developmental rocket from the Sriharikota launch station on the southeast coast of India. The 930 kg spacecraft carried two remote sensing experiments and an astronomical x-ray detector. WIFS (WIde Field Sensor) was a scanner with visible light and infrared photometers to study crop conditions, geology, and snow cover. The German Space Agency's (DLR's) modular opto-electronic scanner will monitor oceanic chlorophyll, sediment transport and ocean dynamics. Data will be downlinked at 3 Indian stations, and stations in Russia, Germany, and Mauritius.

Alternate Names

  • 23827
  • Indian Remote Sensing Satellite P3

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1996-03-21
Launch Vehicle: PSLV
Launch Site: Sriharikota, India
Mass: 930 kg

Funding Agency

  • Indian Space Research Organization (India)


  • Astronomy
  • Earth Science

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

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