Observing Systems Capability Analysis and Review Tool
Satellite Programme: China-Brazil Earth Resources Satellite
Chinese name of the programme: ZY (Zi Yuan = Resource).
Series of operational satellites for high-resolution land observation.
Joint China-Brazil programme: CAST responsible of development, INPE and CAST sharing responsibility for operations.
The platforms are actively stabilised over 3 axes.
The design life time is 2 years for CBERS 1 & 2, 3 years for CBERS 3 & 4.
The satellites exploit sunsynchronous orbits around 10:30.
The replacement policy is based on launching satellites in sequence, roughly 6 months before the expected end-of-life of a satellite.
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Selected images are stored onboard and downlinked to stations in China (Nanning and Wulumuqi) and Brazil (Cuiabá and Boa Vista).
Real-time downlink to a network of appointed acquisition stations in X-band.
All data concentrated to Cachoeira Paulista (Brazil) and Beijing (China) for processing and distribution.
Processing and distribution from INPE and the China Center for Resources Satellite Data and Application (CRESDA)
1999 - 2017
Associated satellites and instruments
Note: red tag => no longer operational , green tag => operational , blue tag => planned
China-Brazil Earth Resources Satellite
(1999 - 2003)
(2003 - 2007)
(2007 - 2010)
(2013 - 2013)
(2014 - 2017)