Chinese-Brazilian satellite is lost in space

The $69mi equipment is unlikely to be recovered

Brazilian and Chinese scientists are coming to terms with the possible loss of the Cbers-3 satellite, which was launched earlier today (9).

The Brazilian National Institute of Aerospace Research (INPE) told news portal G1 that all the stages of the launch had been successful, including the opening of the solar panels, essential for the maintenance of the equipment's battery life.

INPE staff is working with the Chinese Academy of Spece technology (CAST) to understand what went wrong.

Cbers-3 cost R$160mi ($69mi) to the Brazilian and Chinese governments and was launched from the aerospatial base of Taiyuan (760km from Beijing). The Brazilian communications and science and technology ministers, as well as INPE officials attended the event, which took place three years after the expected date.

The equipment was developed under the China-Brazil Earth Resources Satellite program and is equipped with cameras that can generate extra-high resolution imagery - amongst other things, this could help preserve areas such as the Amazon rainforest by identifying possible illegal fires and devastation areas.

Currently, NASA satellite Landsat can capture images of the entire Amazon rainforest in 16 days. The expectation was that Cbers-3 would be able to complete the same task in five days. 

 

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