Mission typeRemote sensing
OperatorCNSA / INPE[1]
COSPAR ID2007-042A
SATCAT no.32062
Mission duration2 years (planned)[2]
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft typeCBERS
BusPhoenix-Eye 1[1]
Launch mass1450 kg
Dimensions1.8 x 2.0 x 2.2 m
Power1100 watts
Start of mission
Launch date19 September 2007,
03:26:13 UTC[3]
RocketLong March 4B
Launch siteTaiyuan Satellite Launch Center, LC-7
End of mission
Last contact10 May 2010
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric orbit [4]
RegimeSun-synchronous orbit
Perigee altitude773 km
Apogee altitude774 km
Period100.30 minutes
Epoch19 September 2007

China–Brazil Earth Resources Satellite 2B (CBERS-2B), also known as Ziyuan 1-2B, was a remote sensing satellite operated as part of the China–Brazil Earth Resources Satellite program between the Chinese Center for Resources Satellite Data and Application and Brazilian National Institute for Space Research.[1] The third CBERS satellite to fly, it was launched by China in 2007 to replace CBERS-2.[3]


CBERS-2B was a 1,450-kilogram (3,200-pound) spacecraft built by the China Academy of Space Technology and based on the Phoenix-Eye 1 satellite bus.[1] The spacecraft was powered by a single solar array, which provided 1100 watts of electricity for the satellite's systems.[2][5] The 1.8 m x 2.0 m x 2.2 m, triaxially-stabilized spacecraft carries a low 20 m resolution, and a higher 2.5 m resolution camera. The data help in crop estimation, urban planning, water resource management, and military intelligence.[6]

The instrument suite aboard the CBERS-2B spacecraft consisted of three systems:

  • Wide Field Imager (WFI) produced visible-light to near-infrared images with a resolution of 260 meters (850 feet) and a swath width of 890 kilometers (550 miles).
  • High-resolution CCD camera was used for multispectral imaging at a resolution of 20 m (66 ft) with a swath width of 113 km (70 mi).
  • High Resolution Camera (HRC) was a panchromatic imager with a resolution of 2.5 m (8 ft 2 in) and a swath width of 27 km (17 mi).[7]

The HRC replaced the lower-resolution Infrared Multispectral Scanner instrument flown on earlier CBERS satellites.[1]


A Long March 4B carrier rocket, operated by the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALT), was used to launch CBERS-2B. The launch took place at 03:26:13 UTC on 19 September 2007, using Launch Complex 7 at the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center (TLSC).[3] The satellite was successfully placed into a sun-synchronous orbit.[8]

Last contact

The CBERS-2B spacecraft suffered a power system failure on 10 May 2010, leaving it unable to continue operations. It remains in orbit.[4]


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  2. ^ a b "CBERS-1 (China-Brazil Earth Resources Satellite) - 1st Generation Satellite Series". Earth Observation Portal. European Space Agency. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  3. ^ a b c McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch Log". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  4. ^ a b "CBERS 2B Satellite details 2007-042A NORAD 32062". N2YO. 25 January 2015. Retrieved 25 January 2015.
  5. ^ "CBERS-1, 2 and 2B Description". INPE. Archived from the original on 20 January 2014. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  6. ^ "Display: CBERS 2B 2007-042A". NASA. 14 May 2020. Retrieved 26 July 2020. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
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  8. ^ "UCS Satellite Database". Union of Concerned Scientists. Archived from the original on 9 September 2010. Retrieved 1 December 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)