Brazil takes control of Sino-Brazilian satellite CBERS-4

23 November 2015

The Tracking and Control Centre (CRC) of the Brazilian National Institute for Space Research has taken on the responsibility for commanding the China-Brazil Earth Resources Satellite (CBERS-4), the Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation said.

Command of the satellite was previously the responsibility of the Xian Satellite Control Centre in China, from the time the satellite was placed in orbit in December 2014.

“This responsibility involves not only monitoring and controlling the operation of the satellite, through telemetry data analysis and submission of remotes, but also performing orbit control manoeuvres,” said the director of the CRC, Valcir Orlando, cited by the Brazilian press.

The responsibility for control of the CBERS series of equipment is shared 50/50 between Brazil and China, which each paid for half of the project.

Over the lifetime of the satellite, expected to be three years, the two countries will take turns at the helm of operations for a period of nine months, which will be reduced to three months if the satellite remains in operation after that date.

The next transfer of control of the CBERS-4, this time from Brazil to China, is scheduled for 1 August, 2016. (macauhub/BR/CN)