The RESOURCESAT-1 (IRS-P6) is envisaged as the continuity mission to IRS-1C/1D, with enhanced capabilities both in the payload and the platform, to meet the increasing demands of the user community. ... The objectives of the mission are :
-To provide continued remote sensing data services on an operational basis for integrated land and water resources management at micro level, with enhanced spectral and spatial coverage and stereo imaging.
-To further carry out studies in advanced areas of user applications like improved crop discrimination, crop yield, crop stress, pest/disease surveillance, disaster management etc.,.
The life of the mission is planned to be five years. The satellite was launched by the indigenously built Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle on October 17, 2003. The orbit parameters of IRS-P6 are same as IRS-1C.
[Summary provided by the Indian Remote Sensing Agency.]