The Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST), the National Centre for Space Studies (CNES), and Airbus signed a Letter of Intent on cooperation related to Earth-Observation satellite implementation on November 3.
|VAST, CNES and Airbus signed a Letter of Intent in the presence of French and Vietnamese prime ministers |
This cooperation signed in the presence of the French and Vietnamese prime ministers is aimed at facilitating the implementation of the Vietnam Space Technology Program 2020-2030. This move will increase Airbus' presence in Southeast Asia.
After the first Earth-Observation satellite system named VNREDSat-1, built by Airbus, launched in 2013 and still fully operational, VAST is currently studying the development of the follow-up VNREDSat-2 programme. This programme should amplify Vietnamese space capabilities to contribute to economic development and the advancement of knowledge for societal well-being.
In the frame of the VNREDSat-2 programme, Airbus will work with VAST to define the solution for the future Vietnamese Earth-Observation systemincluding a transfer of technology programme. Whereas, CNES and VAST will further explore areas of cooperation that will benefit from the VNREDSat-2 programme implementation, in particular climate-related cooperation in the frame of the VietSCO programme, capacity-building, and education.
By Bich Thuy