Satellite to monitor Amazon rainforest
- The satellite was the sixth developed under the China-Brazil Earth Resources Satellite (CBERS) programme that began in 1988. The satellites are designed for Earth observation from orbit for non-military use.
- The CBERS-4A will support the Brazilian government's monitoring of the Amazon rainforest and changes in the country's environment.
- Another eight satellites were put into orbit by the same rocket, including a wide-range, multi-spectral, remote-sensing microsatellite donated to Ethiopia.
- Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa - collectively known as BRICS - have been in talks on a framework agreement to create a constellation of satellites for Earth remote-sensing and share data obtained by each others' satellites.
- Each country will provide one to two satellites to the constellation, according to the China National Space Administration in 2018.
- The CBERS satellites would be included in the constellation programme.
- Currently, only South Africa in the BRICS bloc does not have satellites of its ownz