Chinese-Brazilian satellite scheduled to be launched on 20 December

11 December 2019

The launch of the CBERS-4A satellite, developed by Brazil in partnership with China is scheduled for 20 December, from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre, the President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro said on Twitter on Monday.

Bolsonaro also said in his tweet that besides the CBERS-4A, nano-satellite Floripast (cubeSat) would also be launched, a project developed by students of bachelor, master and doctorate courses in Electrical Engineering, Automation and Mechanical Engineering of the Federal University of Santa Catarina, in partnership with the Uniespaço programme of the Brazilian Space Agency.

The Agência Brasil news agency reported that a cubeSat is a type of miniaturised satellite (nano-satellite), measuring multiple cubic units of 10cm and weighing no more than 1.33 kilograms per unit.

The Brazilian President also said that Alcântara Launch Centre, in Maranhão, is being prepared to launch satellites again from 2021, under an agreement signed last March between Brazil and the United States to allow the for the launch of equipment with US technology.

The China-Brazil Earth Resources Satellite programme (CBERS) began over 20 years ago and allowed the two countries to gain experience of the technology of remote observation with cameras and sensors for Earth observation.

To date, Brazil and China have developed and successfully launched four satellites (CBERS-1 and CBERS-2, CBERS-2B and CBERS-4), as well as the CBERS-3, which fell and destroyed the equipment.

The previous satellite launched by the two countries in a partnership was the CBERS-4, placed in orbit in December 2014, which became an important tool for remote observation because it has four cameras to capture images from space. (macauhub)