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. Brazilian Satellite Undergoes Environmental Tests

CBERS class satellite.
by Staff Writers
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil (XNA) Feb 02, 2007
Brazil's National Institute of Space Research (INPE) said on Wednesday that CBERS-2B, the third satellite to be launched in cooperation with China, is being assembled, integrated and tested. From Monday on, the satellite will undergo electromagnetic interference tests, as well as tests to detect leaks in the propelling system, and to measure mass, vibration and acoustics, the INPE said.

The institute noted that environmental tests are fundamental, as it will not be possible to maintain the equipment once the satellite is launched into orbit.

The INPE conducted electric tests on the satellite in the past three months. The satellite is basically comprised of two modules -- one equipped with cameras, the other with all the structure necessary for its self-maintenance. It also has a solar panel responsible for energy supply.

CBERS-2B is practically a replication of CBERS-2, which has been in orbit and generating images since October 2003. The new satellite will be launched from a platform in China in 2007, on a date to be set at a meeting of representatives of the two countries in March.

Source: Xinhua News Agency

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Thailand is doing the final preparations for the launch of its first earth observation satellite called THEOS into orbit in October, Thai Science and Technology Minister Yongyuth Yuthavong said Friday. The THEOS project is expected to be completed in August or September and be launched into orbit in October as scheduled, the minister was quoted by Thai News Agency as saying.

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