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With the successful launch of MicroDragon satellite on January 18, Vietnam is in
the top 4 ASEAN in satellite technology.
Vietnam is in the top 4 ASEAN in satellite technology
If the Space Center
Project is implemented as scheduled, Vietnam would be leading the region in this
Associate Prof Dr
Pham Anh Tuan, general director of the Vietnam Space Center, said that space
technology symbolizes the technological strength of a country. The race to the
sky is where countries show their national resources. Developing space
technology, including the mastering of satellite designing and manufacturing
plays a very important role.
different ways to approach space technology. Some of them buy satellite images
from other countries, while others develop space technology on their own.
Vietnam has vowed to
go the latter way, like Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia.
Vietnam is among the
top countries impacted by climate change. Every year, Vietnam experiences
typhoons, floods, flash floods and landslides. It is estimated that natural
calamities cause damages worth 1.5 GDP, or $3.2 billion, a year.
According to NASA,
the use of data from satellites can reduce damages from natural disasters by
5-10 percent, or 0.05 percent of GDP. If Vietnam can master satellite
technology, it will not be reliant on foreign image sources, and can take the
initiative in programming activities to cope with natural disasters.
Under a roadmap set
in the Vietnam Space Center Project, Vietnam would implement the plan step by
step, manufacturing micro satellites, small satellites and satellites utilizing
the most advanced technology – radar technology (LOTUSat-1 and LOTUSat-2).
In 2013, PicoDragon,
a micro satellite with the weight of one kilogram, was designed, manufactured
and launched by the Vietnam Space Center. It operated for three months.
Also in the same
year, Vietnamese engineers began designing and manufacturing MicroDragon which
weighed 50 kilograms, and implemented a part of the project on training 36
aerospace masters in Japan.
NanoDragon, weighing 10 kilograms, is being developed and expected to be
launched by 2020.
MicroDragon and NanoDragon, Vietnam will set about to work on high-value
LOTUSat-1 and LOTOSat-2 which will weigh 570 kilograms, using the latest radar
technology with strong features. It can discover objects with the size of one
meter and more on the earth’s surface, and carry out supervision day and night
in all weather conditions.
Commenting about the
current position of Vietnam in ASEAN’s top 4, Tuan said that Vietnam is not
inferior to the other three countries in technology and human resources, but its
infrastructure is worse.