New Sino-Brazil­ian satel­lite to or­bit by 2019

China Daily (Latin America Weekly) - - Page Two - By ZHAO LEI in Bei­jing [email protected]­

The sixth satel­lite jointly built by China and Brazil is sched­uled to be launched next year, said space au­thor­i­ties from the two coun­tries.

The Earth-ob­ser­va­tion satel­lite — des­ig­nated CBERS-04A — will op­er­ate in a sun-syn­chro­nous or­bit, al­ways fac­ing the sun 628 kilo­me­ters above the Earth’s sur­face. Its cam­eras will pho­to­graph the ground, the China Na­tional Space Ad­min­is­tra­tion said in a state­ment last Thurs­day.

The satel­lite will be able to pro­duce pic­tures cov­er­ing 90 km, with high res­o­lu­tion. It will be ca­pa­ble of trans­mit­ting im­ages to ground con­trol in real time, the state­ment said.

Ac­cord­ing to the Brazil­ian Na­tional In­sti­tute for Space Re­search, the satel­lite will be car­ried into or­bit atop a Long March 4B rocket, made by the Shang­hai Academy of Space­flight Tech­nol­ogy, from the Taiyuan Satel­lite Launch Cen­ter in north­ern China in the first half of next year.

The Brazil­ian in­sti­tute said on its web­site that the satel­lite will have a weight of 1,980 kilo­grams and will carry seven sci­en­tific de­vices, such as a panchro­matic and mul­ti­spec­tral cam­era and a wide-field imag­ing cam­era. It is ex­pected to work five years in space, the in­sti­tute said.

In July 1988, the Chi­nese and Brazil­ian gov­ern­ments agreed to carry out a joint space ef­fort called the Chi­naBrazil Earth Re­sources Satel­lite pro­gram.

The first satel­lite out of the pro­gram, CBERS-1, was suc­cess­fully launched in Oc­to­ber 1999. The se­cond and third satel­lites, CBERS-02 and CBERS-02B, were launched in Oc­to­ber 2003 and Septem­ber 2007. The fourth in the se­ries, CBERS-03, was lost in a launch fail­ure in De­cem­ber 2013. The fifth one, CBERS-04, was placed in space in De­cem­ber 2014. All of the mis­sions in­volved China’s Long March 4B rock­ets launched from the Taiyuan cen­ter.

Fol­low­ing the CBERS-04A, sci­en­tists from the two na­tions have started dis­cussing tech­ni­cal plans for the CBERS-05 and CBERS-06 satel­lites, Li Guop­ing, sec­re­tary-gen­eral of China Na­tional Space Ad­min­is­tra­tion, said at a cer­e­mony on Thurs­day in Bei­jing mark­ing the 30th an­niver­sary of Chi­naBrazil space co­op­er­a­tion.

Li said the CBERS satel­lites have been con­tribut­ing to the so­cial and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of China and Brazil and have ex­ten­sively served more than 20 na­tions in Asia, Africa and Latin Amer­ica.

“We have pro­vided more than 500,000 re­mote-sens­ing pic­tures to de­vel­op­ing coun­tries in Latin Amer­ica, Africa and South­east Asia,” he said. “In China and Brazil, im­ages and data pro­duced by the CBERS pro­gram are widely used in the man­age­ment of land and wa­ter re­sources, agri­cul­ture, forestry, en­vi­ron­ment and dis­as­ter re­lief.”

Jose Raimundo Braga Coelho, pres­i­dent of the Brazil­ian Space Agency, said at the cer­e­mony that CBERS has been rec­og­nized as one of the most suc­cess­ful ex­am­ples of south­south co­op­er­a­tion in high tech­nol­ogy.

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