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Vietnam establishes space technology institute

Vietnam, 03 April 2007: Vietnam’s Space Technology Institute, which mainly involves developing satellite technologies, equipment, remote sensing technology and application, and space dynamics, was inaugurated Tuesday.

The institute’s functions include researching into designing and assembling small satellites, applying space technologies in life, and constructing space facilities, including laboratories and earth stations, according to Vietnam News Agency.

Under a national strategy on research and application of space technology until 2020 recently approved by the government, Vietnam will master technologies and techniques regarding production of small satellites, launching equipment, and earth stations in the 2011-2020 period.

Between 2006 and 2010, Vietnam will intensify application of space technology in four main areas, namely communications, hydrometeorology, natural resource and environment, and satellite based positioning.