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The CBERS Satellite Series is a cooperative program between CAST (Chinese Academy of Space Technology) of the People's Republic of China, and INPE (Instituto de Pesquisas Espaciais) of Brazil. The program was signed in July 1988 to establish a complete remote sensing system (space and ground segment) to supply both countries with multispectral remotely sensed imagery.

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Operators CAST, INPE
Dates of Operation and Launch CBERS-1: Operational from 14 October 1999 - August 2003
CBERS-2: Operational from 21 October 2003 - January 2007
CBERS-2B: Operational from 19 September 2007 - June 2010
CBERS-3: Launch failure on 09 December 2013
CBERS-4: Launched on December 07 2014.
Orbit Height 778 km
Orbit Type Sun-synchronous
Repeat Cycle 26 days
Onboard Sensors provided under TPM
  • CBERS-1/2/2B: HRCC (High Resolution CCD Camera), IRMSS (Infrared Multispectral Scanner), WFI (Wide-Field Imager)
  • CBERS-3/4: PAN (Panchromatic Camera), MUX (Multispectral Camera), IRS (Infrared System), WFI (Wide-Field Imager)