Earth Observation Mission News
Chinese-Brazilian Earth observation satellite launched
07 December 2014
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