BackForwardInstrument:  PAN (CartoSat-3) 

Instrument details
Acronym PAN (CartoSat-3)
Full name Panchromatic Camera
Purpose Very-high-resolution land imagery
Short description Single VNIR channel (0.50-0.85 µm), SNR = 345 @ 550 W m-2 sr-1 µm-1
Background Follow-on of PAN on CartoSat 2/2A/2B
Scanning Technique Pushbroom, 12288 pixel/line, swath 17 km. Possible to be tilted along-track (10° aft- and 26° fore-) for in-orbit stereoscopy, and cross-track within a field of regard of 400 km.
Resolution 0.28 m s.s.p.
Coverage / Cycle Depending on pointing strategy. Repeat cycle for a selected local scene: one week minimum, in daylight
Mass 120 kg Power 60 W Data Rate 336 Mbps (105 Mbps after compression)


Providing Agency ISRO
Instrument Maturity Flown on an R&D satellite
Utilization Period: 2020-02-24 to ≥2024
Last update: 2018-02-17
Detailed characteristics
Satellites this instrument is flying on

Note: a red tag indicates satellites no longer operational, a green tag indicates operational satellites, a blue tag indicates future satellites

Instrument classification
  • Earth observation instrument
  • Passive optical radiometer or spectrometer
  • High resolution optical imager
WIGOS Subcomponents No WIGOS subcomponents have been defined.
Mission objectives
Primary mission objectives
  • Fire fractional cover
Secondary mission objectives
  • Glacier cover
  • Sea-ice cover
  • Snow cover
Opportunity objectives
  • Cloud cover
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Tentative Evaluation of Measurements

The following list indicates which measurements can typically be retrieved from this category of instrument. To see a full Gap Analysis by Variable, click on the respective variable.

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VariableRelevance for measuring this variableOperational limitationsExplanation
Cloud cover5 - marginalInfrequent coverage.. Daylight only.Panchromatic channel
Fire fractional cover2 - very highCloud sensitive.. Infrequent coverage.. Daylight only.Panchromatic channel with high resolution, for fire boundary detection
Glacier cover5 - marginalCloud sensitive.. Long time for mapping.. Daylight only.Panchromatic channel with high resolution, for glacier boundary detection
Sea-ice cover5 - marginalCloud sensitive.. Daylight only.Panchromatic channel
Snow cover5 - marginalCloud sensitive.. Infrequent coverage.. Daylight only.Panchromatic channel