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VN to launch earth observation satellite

Update: March, 10/2013 - 00:00

HA NOI (VNS) — Viet Nam's first remote sensing satellite is scheduled to be launched into orbit next month.

The VNREDSat-1A satellite is designed by French satellite maker Astrium. The project started in 2010 with the satellite tasked to monitor natural resources and environmental management, while also helping in co-ordinating responses to natural disasters throughout Viet Nam for the next five years.

VNREDSat-1A is an optical observation satellite. The 120kg satellite can improve the effectiveness of early warning systems for disasters such as floods and storms.

The VNREDsat1 project has a total investment capital of 55.8 million EUR, funded by the French Government's official development assistance (ODA).-VNS

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