VNREDSat-1 satellite system handover ceremony


On September 4th 2013, the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST) and EADS Astrium Company – France, the general contractor, held a ceremony to hand over control of VNREDSat-1 to Vietnam for official operation and exploitation.

The ceremony was held after three months of stable operation since Vietnam’s first earth-observation satellite VNREDSat-1 was successfully launched into orbit on May 7th 2013.
The event drew the participation of Prof. Nguyen Thien Nhan, Politburo member and Deputy Prime Minister; Prof. Chau Van Minh, member of the Party Central Committee, secretary of VAST Party Committee and VAST president; Jean Noel Poirier, French Ambassador to Vietnam; Michel Drobniak, economic and commercial counsellor, and head French economic representative in Vietnam; Jean Dauphin, head of the Earth observation and science division at Astrium France; Brigitte Tédaldi, director of VNREDSat-1 project; and representatives from ministries, committees and relevant agencies.
Opening the ceremony, Dr. Bui Trong Tuyen, head of the small satellite project management board, reviewed important landmarks during the implementation of VNREDSat-1 project.
VNREDSat-1 project was built based on research and assessment of domestic practical demand, technology and new development trends in the field of earth-observation small satellites. The project was coordinated by VAST and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to make the best of available technical infrastructure, including the system of receiving, archiving and processing images from remote sensing satellites of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to create a complete supervising system, which is independent from the ground receiving stations and remo