Brazil: Gilberto Câmara, Director of the National Institute for Space Research (Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais – INPE), Brazil, met with leaders of the new Gabon Space Agency to discuss the infrastructure that will enable African countries to receive satellite images for free.
In a press statement INPE claimed that besides images, INPE also provides all its technology for data processing and its experience acquired over 20 years of Amazon monitoring to African countries.
INPE’s initiative of installing receiving stations for satellites data in Africa (CBERS-3/4 and Amazônia-1) and a policy of free data distribution will ensure free access of technology developing countries essential for the forest and natural disasters monitoring. The spatial information is also useful in agro area mapping and growth assessment of urban areas.
In addition, the INPE informed that CBERS-3 satellite will be launched in the second half of 2012, and Amazônia-1 and CBERS-4 are planned for 2013 and 2014, respectively. In addition to Gabon, stations for reception of satellite data are being set up in Egypt and Kenya, to complement the already installed stations in Canary Islands and South Africa.
“We are sure that the open distribution of data has much more impact and brings more benefits for Africa than the use of satellites made under a policy of commercial distribution,” said Gilberto Câmara.