Viet Nam to build satellite remote sensing station

Viet Nam to build satellite remote sensing station

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A state-of-the-art satellite remote sensing ground station will be built in Ha Noi later this year to forecast possible disasters and help concerned agencies to work out effective measures to minimise the consequences.

Construction of the station, which is estimated to cost 21 million USD, is expected to be completed in early 2006, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment reported at a seminar on remote sensing technology and its application in Viet Nam.

The seminar was jointly organised by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and France’s EADS group in Ha Noi on Wednesday, this week.

Every year, Viet Nam is hit by numerous disasters, including forest fires, floods and storms, which cause great loss to live and property. Currently, the country has only a remote sensing ground station receiving satellite images and data bought from other countries to serve weather forecasting and mapping only.

Meanwhile, other Southeast Asian countries, except Laos and Cambodia, have built modern remote sensing ground stations which automatically receive, process and analyse images from satellites to help mitigate calamities.