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Vietnam to launch first EO satellite in May

Vietnam: VNREDSat-1, the first earth observation satellite of Vietnam will be launched into space from a French launch pad early next month. The launching of VNREDSat-1 is scheduled on May 3, from the Kourou launching site, Guiana, by a Vega rocket. VNREDSat-1 is the earth observation optical satellite that can take photos of the entire areas on the earth”s surface. The satellite is 600 mm x 570 mm x 500 mm in size, weighing about 120 kg. Its designed life expectancy is five years. The satellite is designed and manufactured by the EADS Astrium Company of the European Defense Aerospace Corporation (EADS).

With this satellite, Vietnam will be able to actively provide satellite images of high resolution for local agencies, bringing practical benefits for economic – social development, responding to natural disasters and climate change.

Source: Vietnam Net