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VN, France explore more space links

Update: May, 13/2015 - 08:57
France had already assisted Viet Nam, recently building and launching the first remote sensing satellite VNREDSat-1. — File Photo

HA NOI (VNS) — The Ministry of Science and Technology and the French Space Agency held a workshop in Ha Noi yesterday to boost their co-operation in space programmes.

Deputy Minister Tran Van Tung said Vietnamese scientists hoped to further develop their partnerships with countries with advanced technology like France. The two countries committed to such a partnership in March 2007 with the signing of the science and technology co-operation agreement.

France had already assisted Viet Nam, recently building and launching the first remote sensing satellite VNREDSat-1, and a fishing boat monitoring system using satellite technology called Movimar, he noted.

Viet Nam, he said, had made the advancement of aerospace technology a priority in the country's science and technology development strategy through 2020.

The Vietnamese Government and the aerospace industry have operated over 60 strategies and research projects serving a range of national interests like remote sensing technology and geography information system (GIS) for environmental protection, weather forecast technology to better protect people and infrastructure, marine transport and aerospace biology research. The telecommunications satellites, Vinasat-1 and Vinasat-2, are operating effectively and VNRED Sat-1 has already aided scientists in the study and application of space technology.

Domestic scientists are currently working with European partners to implement the VNRED Sat-2 and the national space centre projects.

Vice Director of the Collecte Localisation Satellites (CLS) group, Antoine Monsaingeon, said Viet Nam had made the right move in building its first remote sensing satellite VNREDSat-1.

He added that France helped Viet Nam in the field for a number of years and will continue to enhance co-operation with and support of Southeast Asian countries' efforts to master satellite technology. — VNS

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