China launched a new remote sensing satellite on the CBERS program. Launch of CBERS-04A took place on December 20 from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center, Shanxi Province, at 03:21 UTC from the LC9 launch complex using the Long March-4B (Y44) – Chang Zheng-4B – rocket. The launch included other payloads, including Ethiopia’s first satellite.
CBERS (China-Brazil Earth Resources Satellite) is a cooperative program between China and Brazil.
In China, the CBERS satellites are referred to as Ziyuan-1 (“Resource-1”). The agreement for the development of first-generation satellites was signed in July 1988 to establish a complete remote sensing system (space and ground segment) to supply both countries with multi-spectral remotely sensed imagery.
The overall objective is the observation and monitoring of the Earth’s resources and environment with a multi-sensor imaging payload providing different spatial resolutions.
：Launch media thread!：Long March 4B：CBERS-4A：ETRSS-1
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With the same configuration as the CBERS-3 and CBERS-4 satellites, CBERS-04A is a remote sensing satellite medium resolution provided optical payloads operating in the visible spectrum with resolutions in the range of 2 to 60 meters.
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