Made-in-Vietnam satellite to be launched in early 2022
The Vietnam-made satellite “Nano Dragon” was flown to Japan on August 11, 2021, according to the Vietnam National Space Center (VNSC) under the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology.
It will then be transported to the launching site of the Uchinoura Space Center, Kagoshima prefecture, Japan and handed to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). The Vietnamese satellite is scheduled to be launched into outer space by March 2022, Le Xuan Huy, Deputy General Director of the VNSC released.
The Nano Dragon satellite (NDG), a nano-layer cubesat satellite which weighs nearly 4kg kilograms and is made up of multiple 10x10x34 cm (3U) modules. The process of researching, designing, integrating and testing the satellite functions had been performed completely in Vietnam by the VNSC.
The satellite can use micro-satellite beam technology to receive the Automatic Identification System (AIS) signal to track and monitor activities at sea.
It is also designed to verify the quality of satellite navigation and positioning system and a new advanced onboard computer developed exclusively for microsatellites.
The Nano Dragon is expected to operate in solar synchronous orbit at an altitude of about 560 kilometers from Earth.