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Mission, Vision and Values

Fostering science and technology in earth and space context and be able to offer products and regular services in benefit of the country.


Become a National and international reference in both space and earth environment fostering knowledge and attending and anticipating demands on Brazilian society life quality progress.


Based on ethics, transparency and integrity, INPE defends, preserves and promotes a set of values that guide the strategies and actions continuously.

  • Excellence - Efficiency, effectiveness, quality and pioneering when fulfilling its activities

  • Plurality - Respectful and opened to different ideas, opinions and fostering creativity regarding institutional mission.

  • Cooperation - Appreciation of institutional alliances to sharing competences, defining and reaching common goals.

  • People's respect - Acceptance that the Institute performance depends on the development, appreciation, well being and professional fulfillment of its human capital.

  • Commitment - Professional dedication regarding Commitment to institutional objectives and focus on short and long term goals.

  • Communication - Permanent interaction with society, attending their necessities and always making public the Institute feedback, so that the access to information, products and services created can be shared.

  • Social-environmental Responsibility - Performance based on ethics, by transparency and respect to society, environment, diversity and sustainable development.

For more information, visit the INPE website.


CBERS Satellite
CBERS-3 Satellite

The CBERS Program was born from a partnership between Brazil and China in the space technical scientific segment. Consequently, Brazil joined a select group of countries with remote sensing technology.

Thus, Brazil has obtained a powerful tool to monitor its huge territory by its own remote sensing satellites, looking forward to consolidate an important autonomy in this segment.

CBERS Program, in a first moment, considered two remote sensing satellites only, namely CBERS-1 and -2. The success of both launches, by the Chinese Long March 4B, and the perfect behavior of CBERS-1 and CBERS-2 had immediate effects. Indeed, both governments decided to expand the cooperation and include new satellites of the same class, CBERS-2B and CBERS-3 and 4, as a second stage of Sino Brazilian cooperation.

The family of remote sensing satellites CBERS brought to Brazil significant scientific advances. This significance is attested by the over 115000 users from more than 2500 organizations registered as active CBERS users, also by the 950000 CBERS images, distributed at the approximate rate of 500 every day.

Its images are used in important areas, as deforestation and fire control in the Amazon Region, water resources monitoring, urban growth, soil occupation, education and several other applications.

It is also fundamental for large national and strategic projects, like PRODES - Amazon deforestation real time evaluation and monitoring of sugar-cane areas (CANASAT), among others.

For more information, visit the CBERS website.