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Vietnam-made nano-satellite flies into orbit in 2016

Posted: 18 Sep 2014 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:nano-satellite? NanoDragon? Vietnam Aerospace Centre? MicroDragon?

Vietnam will send a nano-satellite to orbit soon, VietNamNet reported.

The announcement came from Associate Professor Dr. Pham Anh Tuan, director of the Vietnam National Satellite Centre (VNSC), who said the nano-satellite weighing only 10kg will be active in 2016.

Dubbed as the NanoDragon, Tuan said an all-Vietnamese team will design and manufacture the satellite. A 50kg satellite called 'MicroDragon,' which will be developed once VNSC's infrastructure system in Hanoi's Hoa Lac area is completed, will follow this. It is expected to be launched in2018.

The small satellites will primarily be used for weather forecast, observation, exploration, radio and television broadcasting, and salvage and rescue among others.

This is not the first time that Vietnam is venturing into outer space. VNSC had succeeded last year in putting a micro satellite into orbit. Called Pico Dragon, it weighs only a kilogram.

All of this can be considered a prelude to a bigger project set for 2020. Tuan said that by that time Vietnam will already be capable of building and operating a 500kg commercial satellite, which it will call LOTUSat 2.

Space Centre

The Vietnam Aerospace Centre (Source: VNSC)

Alongside this is another huge undertaking that comes an investment of $505.76 million in ODA from the Japanese government. Tuan said they have started the construction of the Vietnam Aerospace Centre, which will become one of the most modern of its kind in Southeast Asia. It will be completed by 2018.

Japanese experts believe that with the centre's support, Vietnam can cut losses from natural disasters by 10 per cent.





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