On January 21, 2019, at the Office of the Government, the Standing Board of the Government, under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, met with and praised young engineers from the Vietnam Space Center who developed the MicroDragon Satellite.
Attending at the meeting were Mr. Mai Tien Dung, Minister, Chairman of the Office of the Government; Professor and Academic Chau Van Minh, President of the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology; Mr. Chu Ngoc Anh, Minister of Science and Technology; Assoc. Prof. Dr. Pham Anh Tuan, General Director of Vietnam Space Center and young engineers directly involved in manufacturing MicroDragon Satellite, together with representatives of ministries, departments and branches.
Speaking at the meeting, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc affirmed that the MicroDragon Satellite, researched and manufactured by Vietnam and launched into the orbit, signaled success as good news in the early days of the year 2019. This also confirmed that young Vietnamese engineers mastered and were able to manufacture and develop satellites under 50kg. This is the premise for getting ready to receive technology to develop earth observation satellites for commercial use in the future. The success of the young engineers in successfully developing 50kg MicroDragon Satellite has proved the tradition of Vietnamese people not only in discovering new lands, and mastering 50kg earth observation satellites, but also helping Vietnam to compete with ASEAN leading countries in building satellites.
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc takes photo at the meeting and praises the young engineers who built MicroDragon Satellite of Vietnam Space Center.
On behalf of the Government, the Prime Minister praised and congratulated the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, Vietnam Space Center, for achieving this very important success. At the same time, the Prime Minister also expressed his thanks for the effective cooperation and support from the Japanese side, Japanese agencies, research institutes, universities, experts and scientists for Vietnam in the area which is still new to Vietnam. However, he stressed that this was only the initial success in fully mastering satellite manufacturing technology and developing satellite applications to effectively serve socio-economic development.
Responding to Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s directions and young engineers’ aspirations in being trained to receive technology for developing commercial earth observation satellites (size 500kg) in framework of the Vietnam Space Center project, Professor and Academic Chau Van Minh, VAST President, proposed that the Prime Minister consider and approve the continued project soon to avoid waste of high-quality human resources and invested facilities.
On behalf of the Ministry of Science and Technology, Minister Chu Ngoc Anh highly appreciated this success, affirming that he will work with related ministries, departments and sectors, especially the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, to issue specific policies boosting the development of the space technology industry in general and the space technology engineers.
At the end of the meeting, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc affirmed that he will continue to create the most favorable conditions to nurture and maintain a passion for creative and devoted research of young satellite technology scientists, to have a new development step in Vietnam's space technology. He emphasized that this is an important initial success when satellite signals were collected; however, the infrastructure is not yet developed while the team is not sufficient. As the launch of data is brought to Japan, it is necessary to think about how to develop space technology, for the first launch of satellites serving welfare, commercial use and climate change mitigation to be mastered by Vietnam.
Agreeing with VAST and the Ministry of Science and Technology proposals, the Prime Minister assigned the Ministry of Planning and Investment to submit the decision on space technology project in Vietnam under the assistance of Japan before the 2019 Lunar New Year.
Tranlated by Phuong Huyen
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