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New Vietnamese satellite to be launched into orbit on October 1

27.09.2021 126 просмотров

Vietnam now has five of its own spacecraft in Earth orbit.


Vietnam's NanoDragon satellite will be launched into orbit by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) on October 1. This was reported on Monday by the Tuoi Che newspaper, citing the deputy director of the National Space Center (NCC) at the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology Le Xuan Hai.

According to him, NanoDragon will delivered into orbit aboard the Epsilon-5 launch vehicle ("Epsilon-5") along with eight Japanese satellites. The launch is expected to take place between 09:48 and 09:59 Japan time (between 03:48 and 03:59 Moscow time) on October 1 from the Uchinura Space Center site in southwestern Kagoshima Prefecture. "All the final preparations for the launch have been completed, if everything goes smoothly, the satellite will enter orbit as scheduled," said Le Xuan Hai.

NanoDragon, which weighs 3.8 kg, was developed, assembled and tested by NCC specialists. It will receive and transmit signals from an automatic identification system to track the movement of ships and control activities at sea.

Vietnam now has five of its own spacecraft in low Earth orbit. In April 2008, Hanoi launched into orbit the first ever own telecommunications satellite VINASat-1, built by order of the Vietnamese government in the United States. In May 2012, VINASat-2 was launched, also created by American developers. The third satellite launched by Vietnam was the VNREDSat-1A research satellite, launched into orbit in May 2013, and in November of the same year, the Vietnamese space constellation increased due to the PicoDragon research satellite. In January 2019, another MicroDragon research satellite was launched into orbit to assess the quality of sea water, determine the state of marine resources and observe natural phenomena occurring along the Vietnamese sea coast.

In accordance with the state space program, Vietnam sets itself a very ambitious goal - by 2030 to become a leader in space exploration throughout the region of Southeast Asia.

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