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Vietnam to launch third Earth observation satellite aboard Arianespace Vega

The Vietnamese Government has approved the launch of its third satellite that will join the satellite fleet of Vinasat-1 and Vinasat-2 in orbit. The first remote sensing satellite, called VNREDSat-1A, will be launched aboard the Vega spacecraft of Arianespace from the European Guiana Space Center in South America. The news has been confirmed by Bui Trong Tuyen, the Vietnamese Deputy Director of Institute of Space Technology.

In a statement, Tuyen said: “The VNREDSat-1A satellite will deliver Earth observation, monitoring and analysis of natural resources and environmental management and monitoring of natural disasters throughout the Vietnamese territory for five years.”

The VNREDSat-1a will be the third satellite launched by Vietnam, following Vinasat-1 and Vinasat-2 in 2008 and 2012. The latest satellite project began in 2010 and was contracted to Astrium, a French satellite manufacturer. The company had been training 15 Vietnamese engineers to control and operate the 120 kg spacecraft.

The Vietnamese government is said to have invested a total of more than $70 million in the VNREDSat-1A satellite project, supported by loans from the French government.

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