Launch of new Sino-Brazilian satellite set for December

18 March 2014

The launch of Cbers-4, a land resources satellite built as a partnership between Brazil and China, has been confirmed to be in the first two weeks of December, the Brazilian Space Agency (AEB) said.

Cbers-4 will have the same format and tools as Cbers-3, although the technology used in its Earth observation cameras will be updated. The satellite is expected to be concluded in September and transported to the Chinese launch site, in Shaanxi province, 700 kilometres form Beijing.

Despite a 10 percent cut to the Brazilian agency’s budget – from 345 million reals in 2013 to 310 million reals in 2014 – investment in the new satellite is expected to remain the same as was invested in Cbers-3, at around 160 million reals split evenly between China and Brazil.

Cbers-3 was launched on 9 December 2013, but a fault in the Long March 4B Chinese rocket prevented it from being placed in orbit and burnt up on re-entry into the earth’s atmosphere. (macauhub)