Vietnam will build its first satellite photo receiving station in Hanoi in early 2006. The station will initially provide satellite photos free of charge, and will be managed by the Remote Sensing Centre as part of a system supervising natural resources and environment. The construction would be complete this year. It is funded by the European Space Committee in France, and will save Vietnam millions of dollars annually on buying satellite photos. Photos collected from European satellites will be use to serve measurement and mapping, land, forest, and crop management. In addition, a national database centre will be built in the central region to archive and distribute satellite photos on demand, and 15 centres specializing in applying and processing data will serve specific areas, such as natural resources and environment, agriculture and rural development, fisheries, rescues, and science and technology. In the long term, the centres will provide satellite photos and solutions for provinces nationwide.