On May 7th, 2012, in Hanoi, the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST), owner of the project on Vietnam’s first Natural Resources, Environment and Disaster monitoring Satellite-1 (VNREDSat-1), coordinated with the Astrium Company under the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS) to organize an event to launch VNREDSat-1.
The ceremony drew the participation of leaders of ministries, committees and relevant agencies in Vietnam; representatives from the French Embassy to Vietnam; representatives from Astrium Company; and representatives from units under the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST).
As scheduled, at at 9:06 am (Hanoi time) on May 7th, Vietnam’s first remote sensing satellite, VNREDSat-1, was launched into orbit by a VEGA rocket taking off the space centre in Kourou, French Guiana. ArianeSpace Company launched VNREDSat-1 along with two other satellites, the Proba-V developed by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the ESTCube-1 of Estonia. Images on the Programme on Launching satellite from Kourou were broadcast live at the welcoming ceremony in Hanoi.
Addressing the ceremony, Prof. Chau Van Minh, member of the Party Central Committee and VAST president, described the launching as an important scientific and technological event that opens up a new development in Vietnam’s space technology following the success of two telecommunications satellites, including Vinasat 1 in 2008 and Vinasat 2 in 2012. The success of VNREDSat-1 project will not only have significance for science and technology, but also contribute to defining Vietnam’s position during international integration, especially the field of exploiting space for peaceful purposes to serve people’s interest.
In 2006, the Government approved a strategy on space technology research and application until 2020. Since then, gradual investment has established technical infrastructure for the application of satellite technology, such as the National Remote Sensing Centre and the Vietnam Space Centre; designing, creating and launching two telecommunications satellites (Vinasat 1 and Vinasat 2) and earth observing satellites.
On behalf of VAST, Prof. Minh thanked the leadership, the party and state for support; and ministries, committees and relevant agencies for their the cooperation and help. He also appreciated the close cooperation with French partners, including EADS Astrium, Arianespace and TPZ, during the implementation of the project. He also said the Academy will continue to promote obtained achievements, learn from experience and make more efforts for more major results, contributing to the successfully implementing objectives mentioned in the strategy on space technology research and application until 2020.
| Several features of VNREDSat-1
VNREDSat-1 project is built with domestic research based on practical demand in Vietnam and the new development trends in the world of earth observation satellite technology.
VNREDSat-1 Project has a total investment of 55.8 million Euro in preferential ODA of the French government and 64,820 million VND from corresponding capital of Vietnam. The VNREDSat-1 was designed and consulted by Astrium SAS Company under the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS) that is expert in producing satellites of France.
The project is a coordination to take the full advantage of available infrastructure of image transceivers and management and processing systems under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, creating a complete and independent supervising system from the satellite to earth receiver stations and the remote sensing image distribution and processing centre in Vietnam.
The VNREDSat-1 satellite is an earth observation optical satellite, which can take photos of all areas on the earth’s surface. Its mission is to take photos at the PAN channel and four MS bands.
The satelite's sun-synchronous orbit has a height of 680 kilometres. The spatial resolution is 2.5 metres (PAN) and 10 metres (MS). Its platform is 600mm x 570mm x 500mm. It has total mass of about 120 kilograms. The designed life-time is five years.
Translated by Tuyet Nhung