Chinese-Brazilian satellite is lost in space

Chinese-Brazilian satellite is lost in space

Summary: The $69mi equipment is unlikely to be recovered

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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. 

 

Topics: Mobility, Government, Government Asia

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  • Chinese-Brazilian satellite?!?

    And you wonder what went wrong? MADE in China!
    Foreseen
    • ...

      I sure hope that's not what the Chinese are saying about "made in USA" after Space Shuttle Challenger and Columbia went down and killed over a dozen astronauts.
      xelsm
    • Less costly than the conversion mistake made by US engineer

      who was confused between metric and imperial units, the incident had resulted in a crashed of the Mars Climate Orbiter, costing over $500 millions USD "The cost of the mission was $327.6 million total for the orbiter and lander, $193.1 million for spacecraft development, $91.7 million for launching it, and $42.8 million for mission operations"

      Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mars_Climate_Orbiter

      Using inch, foot, miles for scientific measurements is not really a bright idea.
      RelaxWalk
      • There's nothing wrong at all with using inches, feet and miles

        especially with modern computers, where much of the reason for multiples of 10 (ease of manual calculation) is gone. The problem was in not correctly converting the units.
        baggins_z
        • There's nothing right with the Imperial Measurement scheme either.

          Toward the end of my teens Australia swapped from the Imperial Measurement scheme ("Feet & Inches") the the metric system.
          It was painful. It was hard to convert your intrinsic knowledge: ie: A man is tall if he is over 6 foot. 100mph is really fast for a car.

          It was worth it. I studied Engineering & Physics at Uni. In metric everything was much easier, I didn't need a calculator to convert anything. Metric is much easier to sanity check. Mistakes & typos are really obvious when you only need to move a decimal point. The maths gets in the way of your thinking about the problem.

          Engineers that rely on a computer for everything are only as good at the programmer they hired to help with the design. They rarely spot GIGO (garbage in, garbage out) problems.
          DavidLean2
          • i dont agree with you

            nah i find km more useful
            Tuxwarrior
        • Base 10 conversion at a glance acts like type declarations

          While to imperial units adepts, SI units might look like just another bunch of species simple to adjoin to their baroque zoo, to SI units adepts the whole imperial system looks like an absurd invitation to numbers opacity and conversion mistakes unfit to mix with SI units. And of course one can expect junior engineers selected early for their career, by their aptitude to navigate and convert between imperial units, to think of these as the ones of real men and of SI units as designed for foreign wimps, and so overlook that the NASA contract stipulated SI units.
          Boris Borcic
    • LOL....

      ...but then again... hundreds of U.S. and European sats have been lost due to malfunctions.

      The only thing I find rather ironic is that European satellites are launched from Guiana Space Centre in French Guiana which is just north to Brazil and Brazilian satellites are launched in China. Strange world ain't it!!
      cosuna
  • why is it...

    unlikely to be recovered?
    Andrew Hargrave