The Brazilian Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation signed an agreement Tuesday with the China National Space Administration that paves the way for joint development of space launch rockets, according to the Brazilian press.
The collaboration agreement, “valid for a period of 10 years”, was signed before minister Clelio Campolina Diniz returned to Brazil after in Beijing he watched the reception of the first images sent by the Chinese-Brazilian CBERS-4 satellite, which was launched on 7 December.
Campolina Diniz said the agreement raises the possibility of the two countries jointly conducting a launch rocket development programme, “whilst at the moment Brazil mostly works on the satellite and China on the launch vehicle.”
The Brazilian minister, who has been in China since Thursday, also met with the Chinese Minister of Science and Technology Wan Gang to prepare the 2nd High Level Brazil-China Dialogue on Science, Technology and Innovation, to be held in Brasilia in the first half of 2015.
The first edition of the High Level Dialogue, held in 2011 in Beijing, discussed partnerships in agriculture, renewable energy, nanotechnology, food safety and information technology. (macauhub/BR/CN)