Vietnam's first remote sensing satellite VNREDSat-1 / FILE PHOTO
Three Belgian companies signed a contract with Vietnamese agencies on Monday agreeing to help produce the VNREDSat-1B satellite, online newspaper Vietnamnet reported.
The satellite will take photos of Vietnam and the rest of the world, enabling the country to research climate change while keeping tabs on agricultural activities, forests, and water quality.
All images captured by the satellite will be sent to earth stations near Hanoi, according to the news report.
The satellite’s measurements will be 865x679x654 millimeters. It will weigh around 130 kilograms and have a five-year life expectancy.
According to the notes from previous discussions between the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology and its Belgian partners, the VNREDSat-1B is expected to cost around US$77.90 million, part of which will be funded by Belgian official development assistance.
Vietnam’s first remote sensing satellite was launched on May 5 last year from the Kourou space station in French Guiana in South America.
The country has launched two communications satellites, Vinasat-1 and Vinasat-2, since 2008.
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