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CBERS-1
Operator Brazilian Space Agency / China National Space Administration
Mission type Earth orbiter
Launch date 1999-10-14
Launch vehicle Long March 4B
Mission duration remained functional until August 2003
COSPAR ID Homepage [1]
Mass 1,540 kg
Orbital elements
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Sun-synchronous
Inclination 98.599°
CBERS-2
Operator Brazilian Space Agency / China National Space Administration
Mission type Earth orbiter
Launch date 2003-10-21
Launch vehicle Long March 4B
Orbits sun-synchronous
COSPAR ID Homepage [2]
Mass 1,600 kg
Power 1.100 W
Orbital elements
Eccentricity 0.00133455079048872
Inclination 98.5°
Apoapsis 750 km
Periapsis 731 km
Orbital period 99.6 minutes
CBERS-2B (Zi Yuan 2B)
Operator Brazilian Space Agency / China National Space Administration
Mission type Earth orbiter
Launch date 2007-09-19
Launch vehicle Long March 4B
Mission duration until June 2010
Orbits sun-synchronous
COSPAR ID Homepage [3]
Mass 1,500 kg
Orbital elements
Eccentricity 0.0031459
Inclination 98.3269°
Apoapsis 774 km
Periapsis 773 km
Orbital period 100.3 minutes

The China–Brazil Earth Resources Satellite program (CBERS) is a technological cooperation program between Brazil and China which develops and operates Earth observation satellites.

History

The basis for the space cooperation between China and Brazil was established in May 1984, when both countries signed a complementary agreement to the cooperation framework agreement in science and technology. In July 1988, China and Brazil signed the protocol establishing the joint research and production of the China-Brazil Earth Resources Satellites (CBERS). Brazil, emerging from a long military regime, sought to abandon the Cold War logic and establish new international partnerships. China was dedicated to its great internal reform, but was also seeking international partnerships to develop advanced technologies. The agreement was advantageous for both countries. Brazil had the chance to develop medium-size satellites at a time when it was only capable of building small ones (100 kg size). China had an international partner that posed no military threats and that was receptive of foreigners.

Brazil and China negotiated the CBERS project during two years (1986–1988), exchanging important technical information and visiting each other’s facilities, and they concluded that both sides had all the human, technical and material conditions to jointly develop an Earth resource observation satellite program. The Complementary Protocol on Cooperation on Space Technology was renewed in 1994 and again in 2004.

Responsible agencies

In Brazil, the Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais (INPE or National Institute of Space Research) and the Brazilian Space Agency (Portuguese: Agência Espacial Brasileira; AEB) are involved with the program, as is the Brazilian industrial sector. In China, organizations involved include the China Academy of Space Technology (a sub-entity of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation), the China National Space Administration and various other organizations.

Satellites

Initially the program included development and deployment of two satellites, CBERS-1 and CBERS-2. Subsequently agreement was reached to include three additional satellites, CBERS-3, 4 and 4B.

CBERS-1 and CBERS-2

The first satellite of the series, CBERS-1, was successfully launched on October 14, 1999[1][1] on a Long March 4B. It is sometimes also called ZY 1.[2] It remained functional until August 2003.[3]

The second satellite, CBERS-2, was successfully launched on October 21, 2003[4][5] by a Long March 4B rocket from China.

Configuration

CBERS-1 and 2 are identical satellites. They have three remote sensing multispectral cameras:[6]

  • Wide Field Imager Camera (WFI). This camera records images in two spectral bands: 0,63 – 0,69 µm (red) and 0,77 – 0,89 µm (infrared), with 260m spatial resolution and 890 km of ground swath. About five days are necessary for a whole coverage of the Earth surface.
  • Medium Resolution Camera (CCD). This camera records images in five spectral bands: 0,51 – 0,73 µm (panchromatic); 0,45 – 0,52 µm (blue); 0,52 – 0,59 µm (green); 0,63 – 0,69 µm (red); 0,77 – 0,89 µm (near infrared), with 20m spatial resolution and 120 km of ground swath. It is possible to operate this camera both on nadir and off-nadir. This last capability allows the system to reduce the temporal resolution from 26 days (nadir operation mode) to three days (off-nadir operation mode).
  • Infrared Multispectral Scanner Camera (IRMSS). This camera records images in four spectral bands: 0,50 – 1,10 µm (panchromatic); 1,55 – 1,75 µm (infrared); 2,08 – 2,35 µm (infrared) and 10,40 – 12,50 µm (thermal infrared), with 80m spatial resolution on the three infrared reflected bands and 120 m in the thermal infrared one. Ground swath is 120 km for all the bands of this camera and 26 days are required to obtain a full coverage of the Earth by this camera.

CBERS-2B

CBERS-2B was launched in 19 September 2007 by a Long-March 4B rocket from the Taiyuan base in China. The satellite operated until June 2010. Sample images from CBERS-2B were made available on January 10, 2007.[7]

CBERS-2B is also similar to the two previous members of the series, but a new camera was added to the last satellite: High Resolution Panchromatic Camera (HRC). This camera records images in one single panchromatic band 0,50 – 0,80 µm which comprises part of the visible and of the near infrared portion of electromagnetic spectrum. The images recorded by this camera are 27 km width and have 2.7m spatial resolution. 130 days are required to obtain a full coverage of the Earth by this camera.

CBERS-3 and CBERS-4

CBERS-3 is expected to be launched in November 2012[8] and CBERS-4 in 2014.[9] Both satellites are identical and contain four cameras:

  • Advanced Wide Field Imager Camera (AWFI). This camera records images in four spectral bands: 0,45 – 0,52 µm (blue); 0,52 – 0,59 µm (green); 0,63 – 0,69 µm (red); 0,77 – 0,89 µm (near infrared), with 60m spatial resolution and 720 km of ground swath. About five days are necessary for a whole coverage of the Earth surface.
  • Infrared Multispectral Scanner Camera (IRMSS). This camera records images in four spectral bands: 0,50 – 1,10 µm (panchromatic); 1,55 – 1,75 µm (infrared); 2,08 – 2,35 µm (infrared) and 10,40 – 12,50 µm (thermal infrared), with 40m spatial resolution on the three infrared reflected bands and 80 m in the thermal infrared one. Ground swath is 120 km for all the bands of this camera and 26 days are required to obtain a full coverage of the Earth by this camera.
  • Panchromatic and Multispectral Camera (PANMUX). This camera records images in four spectral bands: 0,51 – 0,73 µm (panchromatic); 0,45 – 0,52 µm (blue); 0,52 – 0,59 µm (green); 0,63 – 0,69 µm (red); 0,77 – 0,89 µm (near infrared), with 5m spatial resolution for the panchromatic band and 10m spatial resolution in the other bands. It has 60 km of ground swath.It is possible to operate this camera both on nadir and off-nadir.

CBERS-4B

CBERS-4B is expected to be launched in 2016.

References

See also

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