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Vietnam to Launch New Earth Observation Satellite Into Space in 2023

The observation satellite is designed to aid with disaster and climate change counter-measurement.

On October 18, the Vietnam National Space Center signed a contract with the Japanese Sumitomo Group to develop the LOTUSat-1, an earth observation satellite that can capture high-resolution images in both night and daylight conditions using the latest sensors and radar technology, Sai Gon Giai Phong reports.

Titled “LOTUSat-1, Equipment and Capacity Development,” the project aims to provide timely visual data in order to reduce the impacts of natural disasters and climate change, while also assisting in natural resource management and environment monitoring. The satellite will weigh 600 kilograms and be designed by NEC, a Japanese multinational information technology and electronics company. It is expected to be launched into orbit in 2023.

The partnership is part of the Vietnam National Space Center’s plan to develop a system that includes a satellite earth station, satellite operations center, satellite data center and the information technology infrastructure for the aforementioned equipment. Training will also be provided in order to improve skills related to satellite technology and data analysis.

All training and technology transfers will occur at NEC’s factory. The LOTUSat-1 is the first-ever space program in Vietnam that is supervised by a Japanese company with an official development assistance (ODA) fund. The project operates under the Special Terms for Economic Partnerships from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

[Photo via JICA]