China, Brazil to launch new Earth resource satellite

Beijing: China and Brazil will launch a new Earth resource satellite next year, according to an official with the China National Space Administration.

“The new satellite, the China-Brazil Earth Resource Satellite-4A, or CBERS-4A, will be launched in the second half of 2019,” said Li Guoping, the secretary-general of the China National Space Administration, reports Xinhua news agency.

The CBERS satellites are Earth remote sensing satellites, specifically designed for Earth observation from orbit for non-military use, such as environment monitoring, meteorology and map making.

According to Li, CBERS-4A, the new satellite to be launched, is assembled and currently going through tests in Brazil. It is set to replace CBERS-4. CBERS-4, launched in December 2014, is currently in great condition although under extended service.

“The two countries will also start the final design and research of CBERS-5 and CBERS-6. The two satellites will be successors to CBERS-4A, which is designed to serve for five years,” Li said.

China and Brazil inked the agreement establishing the joint research and production of the CBERS series in July 1988.