Chinese-Brazilian satellite to survey Amazonian deforestation

5 September 2007

Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil, 5 Sept – Brazil’s space research institute, INPE, has scheduled the launch of Brazilian satellite CBERS-2B for some time between September 19 and 21, which is to boost observation of the Amazon rainforest and prevent illegal deforestation.

The satellite will be launched from the Chinese base of Taiyuan, in Shanxi province, south of Beijing.

CBERS-2B (Chinese Brazilian Earth Resources Satellite) was put together in INPE’s laboratories, in Sao Jose dos Campos, and was sent to China by airplane in April.

As of 2008 the satellite will provide images to detect and inspect the selective felling of trees, without destroying the forest canopy. (macauhub)