Brazil and China carry out joint tests on Cbers-3 satellite before its launch this year

29 March 2011

Brasilia, Brazil, 29 March – Specialists from Brazil and China carried out electromagnetic compatibility tests between the Cbers-3 satellite and the reception and image recording station of the National Space Research Institute (INPE/MCT), located in Cuiabá, I the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso, the Ministry of Science and technology said Monday in Brasilia.

In partnership with the Chinese Academy of Space Technology, INPE is carrying out the Cbers (China-Brazil Earth Resources Satellite) Programme, and Cbers-3 is the fourth satellite launched by the programme.

Cbers-3 is due to be launched this year.

The tests, carried out in Cuiabá, are important not only to ensure the images will be received, but also to check the correct de-coding and recovery of auxiliary data that is also transmitted, such as telemetry of the cameras and of orbits and altitude.

After validation from the Cuiabá station to receive Cbers-3, similar tests will be carried out at an image reception station in China.

According to the statement, 20 specialists took part in the tests, including engineers and technicians from the telecommunications groups of the Airspace Electronics Division of Coordination of Space Engineering and Technology, of the Cuiabá Earth Station, the Cuiabá Image Reception Station, Coordination of Earth Observation, these from INPE, from Brazilian industry (AMDS Kepler) and from the Chinese Academy of Space Technology. (macauhub)