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Vietnam likely to launch remote sensing satellite in late 2007

Vietnam could have its first remote sensing satellite in late 2007 or early 2008, if the government approved the space industry development strategy and a project on launching it in the next few months. Vietnam plans to launch a small remote sensing satellite to provide aerial images mainly used to better manage natural resources and transport systems, prevent natural disasters and forest fires, put forth weather forecasts, and draw maps. Recently, the Vietnamese government decided to invest 2,885 billion Vietnamese dong (nearly 182.6 million dollars) in manufacturing and launching a medium-sized communication satellite, which will span its coverage over Vietnam, other Southeast Asian countries, Japan, the Korean peninsula, part of China, eastern Oceanean and the South China Sea.