The sixth Sino-Brazilian terrestrial resources satellite, the Cbers-4A, to be launched in 2019 from the Taiyuan base, located in the Chinese province of Shanxi, was confirmed during a meeting in Brasilia, Brazil to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of cooperation between the two countries in the area of satellites.
The partnership, known as the Cbers Programme (Sino-Brazilian Terrestrial Resources Programme), has produced and paunched five Sino-Brazilian terrestrial resources satellites.
Coordinated by the Brazilian Space Agency (AEB) and the China National Space Administration, the programme allowed the development of a complete remote sensing system (spatial and terrestrial) to provide free images to both countries and more than 20 nations from South America, Southern Africa and Southeast Asia.
The sixth satellite is undergoing testing and is jointly developed by the Brazilian National Institute for Space Research (INPE) and the China Academy of Space Technology (Cast).
Cbers-4A will ensure continuity of imaging to monitor the environment through verification of deforestation and natural disasters, expansion of agriculture and cities, among other applications.
The satellite will cost about 240 million reais (US$58 million) split equally between Brazil and China.
Cbers-1 (1999), Cbers-2 (2003) and Cbers-2B (2007) were successfully launched. The Cbers-3 staellite had a failure that occurred at launch in December 2013. Cbers-4 was launched in December 2014 and is still in operation. (macauhub)