10. Remote Sensing Satellites

  1. Anil K. Maini and
  2. Varsha Agrawal

Published Online: 4 SEP 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470711736.ch10

Satellite Technology, Second Edition, Second Edition

Satellite Technology, Second Edition, Second Edition

How to Cite

Maini, A. K. and Agrawal, V. (2010) Remote Sensing Satellites, in Satellite Technology, Second Edition, Second Edition, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470711736.ch10

Author Information

  1. Both of Laser Science and Technology Centre, Defence Research and Development Organization, Ministry of Defence, India

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 SEP 2010
  2. Published Print: 15 OCT 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470660249

Online ISBN: 9780470711736



  • active sensors;
  • passive sensors;
  • remote sensing satellite orbits;
  • remote sensing satellite payloads;
  • remote sensing satellites;
  • satellite images;
  • satellite remote sensing systems


Remote sensing is a technology used for obtaining information about the characteristics of an object through the analysis of data acquired from it at a distance. This chapter deals with various topics related to remote sensing satellites. It talks about their principle of operation, payloads on board these satellites and their use to acquire images, processing and analysis of these images using various digital imaging techniques. The chapter interprets these images for studying different features of Earth for varied applications. It provides a brief comparison of aerial and satellite remote sensing. The main payloads on board a remote sensing satellite system are sensors that measure the electromagnetic radiation emanating or reflected from a geometrically defined field on the surface of the Earth. The chapter concludes with a discussion on three major remote sensing satellite missions.

Controlled Vocabulary Terms

remote sensing; satellite navigation; sensors