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CartoSat 1



CartoSat 1 is an Indian (ISRO) mapping and remote-sensing satellite that was launched by a PSLV C6 rocket from Sriharikota on the southeastern coast of India, at 04:44 UT on 5 May 2005. The 1.56 tonne satellite carries two f/4.5, Panchromatic cameras, one 26 degrees ahead of the nadir, and another at 5 degrees behind the nadir. Together they enable a stereoscopic image at a resolution of 2.5 m. Both cameras scan cross-track to image a swath of 30 km with the images being stored in a 12,000 pixel CCD. It stores the data in a 120 GB memory to be downlinked over Indian (or Indonesian and Russian) passes. The data from the satellite will help in topographic mapping, land use, forest cover, and river flow assessment.

Alternate Names

  • 28649
  • CartoSat1

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2005-05-10
Launch Vehicle: PSLV
Launch Site: Sriharikota, India
Mass: 1560 kg

Funding Agency

  • Indian Space Research Organization (India)


  • Earth Science

Additional Information

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

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