CBERS-2B 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, which provided 1,100 watts of electricity for the satellite's systems. The instrument suite aboard the CBERS-2B 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 High Resolution Camera (HRC) was a panchromatic imager with a resolution of 2.7 metres (8 ft 10 in) and a swath width of 27 kilometres (17 mi). HRC replaced the lower-resolution Infrared Multispectral Scanner instrument flown on earlier CBERS satellites.
CBERS-2B suffered a power system failure on 10 May 2010, leaving it unable to continue operations. As of 23 August 2014 it remains in orbit, with a perigee of 744 kilometres (462 mi), an apogee of 791 kilometres (492 mi), 98.29 degrees inclination and a period of 100.05 minutes. It has a semimajor axis of 7,138.910 kilometres (4,435.913 mi), and eccentricity of 0.003266.
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.