CBERS-4A (China-Brazil Earth Resources Satellite) is scheduled to be launched in 2018 to ensure the images remain available to users of the data from the programme, Brazilian state news agency Senado reported.
The new satellite’s technical proposal was presented to directors of the Chinese National Space Agency (CNSA) and the Brazilian Space Agency (AEB) last April.
CBERS-4, successfully launched in December 2014, has an estimated useful life of three years, providing images for monitoring environmental, checking deforestation, natural disasters and the expansion of agricultural land and urban areas, among other applications.
On Wednesday in Brasilia, the Senate approved a draft decree on cooperation between Brazil and China in science and technology, also according to the agency.
The draft decree includes an Additional Protocol for the joint development of CBERS-4A, which in Brazil is the responsibility of the National Institute for Space Research (INPE). (macauhub/BR/CN)