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Also called Kalpana 1


Designation 27525 / 02043A
Launch date 12 Sep 2002
Country of origin India
Mission Meteorology
Geostationary orbit 74°E
Launch vehicle PSLV #7

Should cost $16 million

Was renamed "Kalpana 1" in Feb 2003 after Kalpana Chawla, one of the seven crew members of STS 107, first Indian-born woman in space.

End of life

Out of service probably in July 2018
Cause Sent to the junk orbit

External resources

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Technical data


Prime contractor ISAC (ISRO Satellite Center)
Platform I-1000
Mass at launch 1055 kg
Dry mass 495 kg
Solar array single panel: 2.15 x 1.85 m GaAS
DC power 550 W
Design lifetime 7 years

To carry Hitherto, an Indian-made, 3-band Very High Resolution Radiometer (VHRR/2). The resolution is 8 km in the visible band and 8 km in the water vapour band.
Has 3 scanning modes:
- Full frame (20° x 20°; 33 minutes min)
- Normal frame (14° North-South x 20° East-West; 23 minutes min)
- Sector frame (4.5° North-South x 20° East-West; to follow cyclones)

Data downlink in C-band (4.50305 GHz) at 526.5 kbit/s
DCS frequencies: uplink 402.75 MHz, downlink: 4.50605 GHz
No Sarsat payload

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