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On April 24, 2015, China and Brazil have signed the agreement for the construction of CBERS-4A. It's a third satellite in the continuity to the CBERS program, and a sixth CBERS satellite to be constructed. The CBERS satellites enhance and complement the existing remote sensing systems in an effort to improve our knowledge about the Earth environment and resources.
Gaofen is a series of civilian Earth observation satellites developed and launched for the China High-definition Earth Observation System (CHEOS), a state-sponsored programme aimed to develop a near-real time, all-weather, global surveillance network consisting of satellite, near-space (stratosphere) airships, and aerial observation platforms.