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Chinese-Brazilian Earth observation satellite launched

07 December 2014

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An Earth-watching satellite developed by China and Brazil lifted off on a Long March 4B rocket Saturday, replacing an environmental craft lost in a launch mishap last year.

The CBERS 4 spacecraft - the fifth in a series of joint China-Brazil Earth Resources Satellites - lifted off at 0326 GMT Sunday (10:26 p.m. EST Saturday) from the Taiyuan space center in northern China's Shanxi province, where it was 11:26 a.m. local time.

A Long March 4B rocket boosted the 2.3-ton satellite into orbit about 460 miles, or 740 kilometres, above Earth. The launcher's third stage deployed the CBERS 4 spacecraft in orbit about 12 minutes after liftoff, according to Brazil's National Institute for Space Research, known by the acronym INPE.

The launch of CBERS 4 came almost exactly one year after an identical satellite was destroyed in a Long March 4B launch failure on 9 December 2013.

Source: Spaceflight Now

Image credit: Xinhua News - Long March 4B rocket launch, carrying CBERS 4

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