Brazil and China to launch earth resources satellite

31 July 2007

Beijing, China, 31 July – China and Brazil are to launch a satellite to map agricultural areas, prospect for minerals and gather environmental date, China’s National Space Administration has announced.

The Earth Resources 02B satellite, the third Sino-Brazilian satellite since 1999, will be launched from Taiyuan, capital of the northern Chinese province of Shanxi, in September or October, Xinhua news agency reported.

The head of China’s space administration said the Brazilian-build satellite has already passed all pre-launch tests. The two countries launched previous satellites in 1999 and 2003, which have transmitted millions of images for use in agriculture, forestry, mining and environmental control. (macauhub)