Japanese solid-fuel rocket Epsilon will launch a Vietnamese-made satellite into orbit in 2018, according to the Vietnam National Satellite Center.
The MicroDragon satellite weighing 50 kilograms will be developed by the center's engineers with support from Japanese professors of five universities.
The main missions of MicroDragon are ocean color observations to evaluate water quality, locating aquatic resources and monitoring changes in coastal areas for aquaculture development in Vietnam.
In August 2013, a Vietnamese imaging and communications microsatellite named Pico Dragon, weighing one kilogram, was launched into space from the Tanegashima Space Center in Japan.
Under a plan to develop made-in-Vietnam satellites, the country will also launch the 10-kilogram NanoDragon in 2016 and 500-kilogram LOTUSat-2 in 2020.