Vietnam: Vietnam plans to launch second remote sensing satellite, VNREDSat-1B, into orbit by 2017, after successfully launching the first of this kind on May 7. The Embassy of Belgium released a notice stating that Vietnam and Belgium had reached an agreement upon which Belgian companies under the auspices of Spacebel will manufacture the VNREDSat 1B, which will help monitor the natural resources, natural disasters, and improve management of the territory and main natural resources sources.
The VNREDSat-1B will be originated from a group of PROBA (Project for On-Board Autonomy) satellites of the European Space Agency (ESA). It will cost a total of over 60 million euros ($78.2 million) from Belgium”s official development assistance (ODA) and the Vietnamese government”s corresponding fund. The satellite has a weight of about 130 kg.