Brazil wants to start building a new Earth Resources Satellite Program (CBERS) satellite with China within six months, says Brazilian science and technology minister Luciana Santos.
“Our hope is to start building CBERS-6 in the coming months. This sixth satellite to be built with China is essential to strengthen our Amazon monitoring agencies and carry out climate studies,” Santos said, according to China-Lusophone Brief, which cited a report in Sputnik News.
The minister said that Brazil wanted to reverse what he called the “dismantling” of the sector during the previous administration of President Jair Bolsonaro.
CBERS is a technological cooperation program between China and Brazil for the production of a series of Earth observation satellites, with the launch of the CBERS-1 satellite in 1999.
The partnership has already produced four satellites, the last one being launched in 2019, and a fifth is under construction. The satellites are launched from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in China’s Shanxi province.