The CBERS Program was born from a partnership between Brazil and China in the space technical scientific segment. Consequently, Brazil joined a select group of countries with remote sensing technology.
Thus, Brazil has obtained a powerful tool to monitor its huge territory by its own remote sensing satellites, looking forward to consolidate an important autonomy in this segment.
CBERS Program, in a first moment, considered two remote sensing satellites only, namely CBERS-1 and -2. The success of both launches, by the Chinese Long March 4B, and the perfect behavior of CBERS-1 and CBERS-2 had immediate effects. Indeed, both governments decided to expand the cooperation and include new satellites of the same class, CBERS-2B and CBERS-3 and 4, as a second stage of Sino Brazilian cooperation.
The CBERS's family of remote sensing satellites brought to Brazil significant scientific advances. This significance is attested by the over 35,000 users from more than 2,500 organizations registered as active CBERS users, and also by the 800,000 CBERS images, distributed at the approximate rate of 250 every day.
Images generated by CBERS satellites are used in important areas, as deforestation control and environmental monitoring in the Amazon Region, water resources monitoring, urban growth, soil occupation, education and several other applications.
It is also fundamental for large national and strategic projects, like PRODES
- Amazon deforestation real time evaluation and monitoring of sugar-cane areas (CANASAT
), among others.