Sino-Brazilian satellite CBERS-4 in orbit

9 December 2014

The CBERS-4 satellite, built in partnership between Brazil and China, is in geostationary orbit and is working as expected, the Brazilian National Institute for Space Research (INPE) said.

INPE also reported testing of the cameras placed on board the satellite had already begun and the first images are due to be produced and sent to earth this week.

CBERS-4, the fifth of the “China-Brazil Earth Resources Satellite” series, was launched Sunday at 11.26 am from Taiyuan, 700 kilometres from Beijing, aboard a Long March 4B rocket.

The space cooperation programme between China and Brazil began in 1988 and led to production of a remote system to supply images to both countries.

Weighing two tons and equipped with four cameras, CBERS-4 circles the planet 14 times a day and is expected to have a lifetime of three years.

The launch of CBERS-4, originally scheduled for December 2015, was brought forward by 12 months due to the failure of the launch of CBERS-3, in December 2013. The programme successfully launched CBERS-1 (1999), CBERS 2 (2003) and CBERS-2B (2007). (macauhub/BR/CN)