Brazil, Germany to develop night-vision radar satellite

March 17th, 2008 - 2:04 pm ICT by admin  

Rio De Janeiro, March 17 (Xinhua) Brazil and Germany have signed an agreement to develop a night-vision radar satellite to monitor the Amazon region, the National Space Research Institute (INPE) has said. According to the terms of the agreement signed last Monday, the satellite will be launched by 2013, the INPE said Sunday after signing the agreement.

The INPE plans to build the Multiple Application Synthetic Aperture Radar with the help of the German space centre over 18 months. This is the second satellite project undertaken by the two nations.

The 500-kg satellite, which will cost 100 million euros ($157 million), is capable of taking photos at night and in difficult weather conditions, such as heavy fog or smoke.

Brazil’s Amazon region is often cloudy and forest fires are frequent.

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