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The Indian Remote Sensing Satellite CartoSat-1 (also known as IRS-P5) was successfully launched into polar orbit on 5 May 2005. The payload was lifted by the PSLV-C6 and for the first time the new Second Launch Pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre was used.

The satellite has two panchromatic cameras that were especially designed for in flight stereo viewing.


Bands Spectral Range (nm) Spatial Resolution (m)
PAN (forward and backward) 500 – 850 2.5
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Call for R&D applications with DSM products based on CartoSat-1 data

23 April 2018

ESA through its Earthnet Third Party Missions (TPM) programme is launching an ad-hoc call for R&D applications with high resolution Digital Surface Model (DSM) products based on CartoSat-1 data.

CartoSat-1, ResourceSat-1/2, IRS-1C/1D data available for research and application development

17 March 2017

The IRS-1C/1D and ResourceSat-1 archive, ResourceSat-2 and CartoSat-1 archive and new acquisitions data are now available to the scientific user community.

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Operators ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation)
Launch date 5 May 2005
Mission status Operating nominally
Orbit Height 618 km
Orbit Type Polar sun-synchronous
revisit period 5 days
Resolution 2.5m
Swath Width 30km (PAN-Fore)
27km (PAN-Aft)
Onboard Sensors provided under TPM
  • PAN-Fore
  • PAN-Aft