Earth Observation Mission News
Made-in-Vietnam satellite to enter space next week
10 January 2019
MicroDragon, a made-in-Vietnam earth observation satellite, will be launched into orbit by an Epsilon-4 rocket from the Uchinoura Space Centre in Japan's Kagoshima Prefecture at 7:50 of 17 January (Hanoi time), the Vietnam National Space Centre (VNSC) announced on 9 January.
MicroDragon was developed by 36 Vietnamese engineers from the VNSC, who were sent to study space technology in Japan's top five universities, namely the University of Tokyo, Keio University, Hokkaido University, Tohoku University and Kyushu Institute of Technology. Starting manufacturing the satellite in 2013, the group successfully completed and tested it in 2017.
Image credit: VNSC - MicroDragon satellite on vibration test for the last time