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Brazil wants to start building a new satellite with China in six months

The South American nation wants to reverse what one official called the “dismantling” of the sector during the previous administration of President Jair Bolsonaro.

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The South American nation wants to reverse what one official called the “dismantling” of the sector during the previous administration of President Jair Bolsonaro.

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UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 12:29 am

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.

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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.

 

UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 12:29 am

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