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December 7, 2014
Long March-4B launch
The fifth cooperative mission between China and Brazil was launched at 03:26 UTC on Sunday. In what was a milestone 200th launch for the Chinese rocket fleet, the CBERS-4 satellite was lofted by China’s Long March-4B from the LC9 launch complex at the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center.
China’s milestone 200th rocket launch mission
CBERS (China-Brazil Earth Resources Satellite) is a cooperative program of China and Brazil.
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.
CBERS-4 – with a mass of 1,980 kg – will operate on a sun-synchronous orbit at 778 km altitude with an inclination of 98.504 deg and 100.26 minutes orbital period. This orbit has a repeat cycle of 26 days.
The launch of CBERS-4 was originally schedule for December 2015. However, due to the loss of CBERS-3, China and Brazil agreed to anticipate the launch one year.
For more information about CBERS Program, visit:
CBERS - China-Brazil Earth Resources Satellite - Inpe: http://www.cbers.inpe.br/ingles/satellites/history.php
For more information about China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), visit: http://english.spacechina.com/n16421/index.html
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