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Brazil Begins Mechanical Tests On Satellites

File image of CBERS-2
by Staff Writers
Rio De Janeiro (XNA) Dec 30, 2008
Brazil's National Institute of Space Investigations (INPE) has begun additional tests on two satellites that are expected to be launched in five years as part of a joint program with China.

The INPE announced on its web site Sunday that scientists are testing dynamic resistance, sine-wave and acoustic vibrations on the satellites of the Chinese-Brazilian Remote Vigilance Program (CBERS).

The tests are being conducted in the INPE labs in the southern city of Sao Jose dos Campos. The satellites CBERS-3 and CBERS-4 are scheduled to be launched in 2010 and 2013 respectively.

The CBERS program was established in 1988 to allow China and Brazil to develop, build, launch and operate satellites together.

The first satellite, CBERS-1, was launched in 1999 and operated for four years till August 2003. A second one, CBERS-2, was launched in 2003, and fulfilled its five-year mission in orbit on Oct. 22. CBERS-2B, the third of its kind, was launched on Sept. 19,2007.

The CBERS is currently part of the world's main Earth-observing mission program that includes the U.S. Landsat, the French Spot and the Indian Resource Sat.

Brazil uses satellite images to monitor the deforestation of the Amazons and to get agricultural information.

Brazil this year also started to provide free satellite images to Latin American and African countries.

Source: Xinhua News Agency

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