20 December 2019
A new satellite, jointly developed by China and Brazil, was sent into space on Friday, pushing forward the aerospace cooperation between the two countries, according to the China National Space Administration (CNSA). The China-Brazil Earth Resource Satellite-4A (CBERS-4A) was launched on a Long March-4B carrier rocket on 20 December at 11:22 BJT from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre in north China's Shanxi Province. The same rocket put another eight satellites into orbit, including a wide-range multispectral remote-sensing microsatellite donated to Ethiopia.
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The "BDSAGR-1" agricultural commercial satellite launched with CBERS 4A

18 December 2019
Jean Deville reports on his website "The China Aerospace Blog" that the long awaited Long March 5 return-to-flight launch is planned for 27 December. Also, in an interesting podcast format, he discusses with Blaine Curcio the Chinese space activities of the almost gone year 2019 and gives an outlook on the missions ahead of us. Better first hand knowledge and analysis about China's space sector is hard to find... ;-)
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17 December 2019
The Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in southwest China's Sichuan Province will host around 20 launch missions in 2020, including two satellites of the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS). Established in 1970, the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre is one of three major space launch centers in China and the busiest one: 142 launches with 160 satellites took off from there. Currently, a new launch pad for next-generation rockets is under construction at the centre.
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16 December 2019
China successfully sent two satellites of the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) into space from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan Province at 15:22 BJT on 16 December. The launch means all the 24 medium earth orbit (MEO) satellites of the BDS-3 have been successfully sent into space, and the deployment of the core BDS-3 constellation system has been completed, according to Yang Changfeng, chief designer of the BDS. "BDS now has the full capacity for global service. It will be able to provide excellent navigation service to global users," Yang said.
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17 December 2019
The Long March 4B rocket will lift off on the 20 December at 03:21 GMT from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre in China, carrying on board the ETRSS-1 satellite as a secondary payload and the CBERS 4A remote sensing satellite as a primary payload. CBERS 4A is the fifth China-Brazil Earth Resources Satellite for the collection of global imagery for environmental, urban planning and agricultural applications.
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Countdown for launch on the INPE (National Institute for Space Research of Brazil) website and on the CBERS project portal
CBERS 04A is transported to the launch pad

15 December 2019
The Ethiopia Minister of Innovation and Technology Getahun Mekuria on 15 December commended Chinese partnership in developing Ethiopia's space science sector. Speaking to Xinhua, Mekuria said the Ministry of Innovation and Technology (MoIT) has partnered with its Chinese counterpart to train Ethiopian space engineers as well as to help launch Ethiopia's first space satellite. "Ethiopia and China have strong multifaceted ties. As a showcase of these ties, Ethiopia's first space satellite will be launched from China on Dec. 20. Already, China has helped train 20 Ethiopian space engineers both in China and at home using experienced Chinese personnel. These Ethiopian engineers are expected to play a key part in operating Ethiopia's first space satellite."
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