Thu, 14 May 2015. Last updated Thu, 25 Jun 2015 09:06
Recently, there was a seminar on Vietnam - France cooperation in space technology held in Hanoi on May 12th, 2015 - Vietnam - France Seminar "Space Technology and Applications" - in the coordination of Science and Technology Ministry and French Aerospace Agency. The seminar is organized to create an open forum for leading local and international scientists and experts in the field of research and application of space technology to have a chance of academic exchange, planning, and cooperation towards a sustainable benefit for both sides. The workshop has the participation of representatives of many agencies and units, research institutions and some experts on space technology of two countries.
The clearest proof for the Vietnam - France science and technology cooperation is the Agreement on Vietnam - France science and technology cooperation signed in March 2007. Recently, France supported Vietnam in some projects of Manufacture and launch VNREDSat-1 satellite, and Observation System of fishing vessels by satellite technology-Movimar. In the last years, many countries take space research into consideration, especially in technology applications in exploiting outer space for peaceful purposes. In that spirit, aerospace technology in Vietnam is identified as one of the prioritized technologies in strategy for Vietnam science and technology development by 2020 and vision to 2030. The government together with the scientific community and space technology in Vietnam has carried out over 60 strategic research projects for the development of space technology and applications of space technology for social and economic development, security and defense.
Typically, they are small satellite technology, remote sensing applications and geographic information system (GIS) for environmental monitoring, weather forecasting, construction of satellite image processing software, the application uses in maritime satellite-navigation, rocket technology, the basic research on materials in the space environment, medical and biology in universe, and cosmic energy transmission... Two communication satellites of Vinasat-1 and Vinasat-2 are operating effectively. Remote sensing satellite of VNRED Sat-1 began to show positive results in research and application of space technology. VNRED Sat-2 satellite project is being actively cooperated with Belgium and other European countries, which is expected to be launched in the near future. The project of National Space Centre is being urgently implemented.
At the workshop of Vietnam - France cooperation in space technology, participants were listening to some speeches introducing the application of space technology in Vietnam, geospatial applications, Earth observation program, the application of space technology in the management of fishing vessels, application in oceanographic data space project - Movimar in production of forecasts. Meanwhile, Lotusat-1 and 2 are results of space research and application in the future at Vietnam Satellites Center. Also, there are earth observation satellites serving the application on the ground: map of subsidence or flood maps...