Launch Date: 20.04.2011


RESOURCESAT-2 is a follow on mission to RESOURCESAT-1. It is intended to continue the remote sensing data services to global users provided by RESOURCESAT-1, and to provide data with enhanced spatial coverage, by enhancing the LISS-4 multispectral swath from 23 km to 70 km. 

RESOURCESAT-2 also carried 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.

The major objectives of Resourcesat-2:

1. Provide continued remote sensing data services on an operational basis for integrated land and water resource management at a micro level with enhanced multispectral/ spatial coverage and stereo imaging.

2. Carryout studies in advanced areas of user applications to take full advantages of increased spatial and spectral resolution.

Mission Operational Remote Sensing
Orbit 817 km Polar Sun-Synchronous
Orbit Inclination 98.69o
Lift-off Mass 1206 kg
Orbit Period 101.35 minutes
Local Time of Equator crossing 10:30 A.M.

24 days (for LISS-3)

5 days (for AWiFS)

5 days (for LISS-4 Revisit)


Four payloads namely:

LISS-4: 5.8 m resolution, Swath: 70 km (Mono and Mx Mode), 10 bit radiometry, 3 Bands (B2: 0.52 – 0.59  µm; B3: 0.62 – 0.68  µm; B4: 0.77 – 0.86  µm)

LISS-3: 23.5 m resolution, 141 km swath, Radiometry: 10 bit (VNIR) and 7 bit (SWIR), 4 Bands (B2: 0.52 – 0.59  µm; B3: 0.62 – 0.68  µm; B4: 0.77 – 0.86  µm, B5: 1.55 – 1.70  µm)

AWiFS: 56 m resolution at nadir and 70 m resolution at off-nadir, 740 km swath, 12 bit radiometry, 4 Bands (B2: 0.52 – 0.59  µm; B3: 0.62 – 0.68  µm; B4: 0.77 – 0.86  µm, B5: 1.55 – 1.70  µm)

AIS (Automatic Identification System) in two frequencies of 161.975 MHz and 162.025 MHz

Attitude and Orbit Control 3-axis body stabilised using Earth Sensor, Star Sensor, Magnetometer, Reaction Wheels, Magnetic Torquers and Hydrazine Thrusters
Power Solar Array generating 1250 W at End Of Life backed by 2 Ni-Cd batteries of 24 AH capacities each
Launch date April 20, 2011
Launch site SHAR Centre, Sriharikota, India
Launch vehicle PSLV – C16
Mission life Five Years (Nominal)
Orbital life In Service