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China National Space Administration (CNSA) was established in 1993, and is the governmental organisation of the People's Republic of China responsible for the management of space activities for civilian use and international space cooperation with other countries, and performs the corresponding governmental functions.

  • Studying and formulating policies and regulations of the space industry
  • Studying and formulating development programs and plans of the space industry
  • Organising and implementing the major space projects and programs
  • Demonstrating, approving, implementing and supervising civilian space scientific research projects
  • Managing the international space exchanges and cooperation, and participating in the related international organisation and their activities on behalf of the Chinese government

CNSA assumes the following main responsibilities: signing governmental agreements in the space area on behalf of organisations, inter-governmental scientific and technical exchanges, and also being in charge of the enforcement of national space policies and managing the national space science, technology and industry.

For more information, visit the China National Space Administration website.

CNSA satellites

CBERS serial satellites

China has been collaborating with Brazil on the development of Earth resources satellites since 1988. The first China-Brazil Earth Resource Satellite (CBERS) was launched in October 1999. It is the first sun-synchronous orbit Earth resource satellite cooperatively developed by the two countries.

The third CBERS satellite, CBERS-2B, was launched in 2007. It carried CCD, HRC and WFI sensors and has spatial resolution up to 2.36m. It acquired a vast amount of observation data which has been widely used in different areas of national economic construction, such as agriculture, forestry, water resources, land resources, urban planning, environmental monitoring and disaster monitoring.


The SJ-9A satellite was launched on 14 October 2012.

SJ-9A is in orbit 645km above the Earth and collects data in a swath 30km wide. It has a spatial resolution of 2.5m (panchromatic mode) and 10m (multispectral mode). It has a field of view of ±35°off-nadir.

SJ-9A's revisit interval is 69 days. The revisit time can be shortened to 4 days by side-looking mode.

For more information on CBERS and other satellites, visit the CRESDA website.