CBERS-1 was a 1,450-kilogram (3,200 lb) spacecraft built by the China Academy of Space Technology and based on the Phoenix-Eye 1satellite bus. The spacecraft was powered by a single solar array, providing 1,100 watts of electricity for the satellite's systems. The instrument suite aboard the CBERS-1 spacecraft consisted of three systems: the Wide Field Imager (WFI) produced visible-light to near-infrared images with a resolution of 260 metres (850 ft) and a swath width of 890 kilometres (550 mi); a high-resolution CCD camera was used for multispectral imaging at a resolution of 20 metres (66 ft) with a swath width of 113 kilometres (70 mi); the third instrument, the Infrared Multispectral Scanner (IMS), had a resolution of 80 metres (260 ft) and a swath width of 120 kilometres (75 mi).
CBERS-1 was decommissioned in September 2003, almost four years after launch. The derelict satellite remains in orbit; as of 30 November 2013 it is in an orbit with a perigee of 779 kilometres (484 mi), an apogee of 785 kilometres (488 mi), 98.34 degrees inclination and a period of 100.35 minutes. The orbit has a semimajor axis of 7,153.45 kilometres (4,444.95 mi), and eccentricity of 0.0004025.
Payloads are separated by bullets ( · ), launches by pipes ( | ). Manned flights are indicated in bold text. Uncatalogued launch failures are listed in italics. Payloads deployed from other spacecraft are denoted in brackets.