Deputy PM Nhan wasspeaking at a ceremony in Hanoi on September 4 during whichAstrium SAS, an affiliate of the European Aeronautic Defence and SpaceCompany, handed over the control of the satellite to the Vietnam Academyof Science and Technology (VAST).
The Deputy PMcongratulated the VAST staff and scientists and their French partners onthe successful launch of the satellite in last May, saying that it hasmarked Vietnam ’s boundary in space.
With VNREDSat-1,Vietnam has fully mastered the small satellite technology, thusindependently processing images of all regions belonging to thecountry’s territory, he noted.
Dr. Bui Trong Tuyen, deputydirector of the Institute of Space Technology and head of theSmall Satellite Project Management Unit, said after more than threemonths of being launched into orbit, the satellite has come into stableoperation.
By September 1, VNREDSat-1 has captured andprocessed a total of 9,271 images, of which 999 featured Vietnameseland, he said.
VNREDSat-1 was launched into orbit on May 7 this year from the Kourou launch pad, Guiana, France.
In order to serve the operation of the satellite, 15 young engineersof the VAST were trained in France from August 2011 to July thisyear.
Designed by Astrium SAS, the satellite is capable ofcapturing images of all areas in the world and it is expected to assistefforts to deal with flooding, forest fire, oil overflow and otherincidents quickly and effectively.
The project has atotal investment of 55.8 million EUR sourced by the French government’sOfficial Development Assistance and the Vietnamese side’s contributionof nearly 65 billion VND (around 3.2 million USD).
Following the success of two telecommunications satellites – Vinasat 1in 2008 and Vinasat 2 in 2012 and the first remote sensing satellite,VNREDSat-1, made-in-Vietnam micro satellite, Pico Dragon, was shippedto the International Space Station (ISS) on August 4 to prepare for amission in space.-VNA
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