Report: China, Brazil launching second satellite
The CBERS-02 satellite, called an "Earth resource satellite," was made
in Brazil and
had been transported to the China, it said.
From space it would monitor agriculture, natural disasters, forest and
urban development, it said.
But U.S. military officials say Sino-Brazilian satellites are dual-use
they can perform military functions as well as civilian ones.
The newspaper quoted Brazilian Ambassador Affonso Celso de Ouro-Preto as
saying the satellites allowed Brazil to curb its dependence on foreign governments
for Earth data, and the two governments planned to develop two more satellites.
It did not say where the spacecraft would be launched, although it said
launched its predecessor, CBERS-01, from the Taiyuan centre in North China's
Shanxi province in 1999.
The CBERS-01 has provided 230,000 data pictures in its two years in orbit
data covers 96 percent of China's territory, the newspaper said.
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