It is a type of remote sensing satellite capable of taking images from space, thereby monitoring coastal sea water quality. This “Made in Vietnam” product is worth up to millions of dollars.
The Microdragon satellite is a product developed by the Vietnam Space Center, a unit of the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology.
The Vietnam Space Center project benefits from the contributions of Vietnamese students who studied at 5 major universities in Japan.
In the photo, a model of the Microdragon satellite. It measures 50x50x50 cm, weighs 50kg and has an orbit of 500km.
Microdragon uses energy provided by solar panels with a maximum battery output capacity of 140 W. This satellite can carry with it a series of remote sensing devices to help capture images from space, thereby monitoring the quality coastal sea water. These images will then be transmitted to the underground processing center.
It is known that Micro Dragon is the next step in the process of capturing and gradually mastering Vietnamese satellite design and manufacturing technology. Previously, engineers from the Vietnam Space Center successfully built the Pico Dragon microsatellite (size 10 x 10 x 11.35 cm, weight 1 kg). This satellite was put into orbit in November 2013 and has successfully operated in space. PicoDragon is the premise and test product of the Vietnam Space Center to subsequently launch larger satellites into space. Because it is an experimental product, the lifespan of this satellite is only 3 months of use.
After Micro Dragon, according to the roadmap, Vietnam will proceed with the construction of the LOTUSat-1 and LOTUSat-2 satellites, two satellites using advanced radar technology and weighing about 600 kg, almost 12 times that of MicroDragon, whose size is 1.5mx1. 5mx3m, has existed in space for 5 years.
Simulated image of the LOTUSat-1 satellite that will be created by the project “Prevention of natural disasters and climate change using Earth observation satellites”
The goal of the space technology research and application strategy is that by 2020, Vietnam will have Vietnamese-made satellites by 2020. The Vietnamese government has decided to implement the “Prevention of Space Technology” project. natural disasters and climate change using Earth observation satellites” to achieve this strategy. .