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Vietnam takes over control of nation's first remote sensing satellite

05 September 2013

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Control of Vietnam's first remote sensing satellite, VNREDSat-1, has been officially handed over to the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST) four months after its launch, local media reported Thursday.

Astrium SAS, an affiliate of the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company and designer of the satellite, signed off on the new space hardware and handed to VAST, according to local Nhan Dan (The People's) newspaper on Thursday.

VNREDSat-1 was sent into orbit on 07 May from a launch pad in Kourou, French Guiana. It is capable of capturing images from all around the world, which will help in assisting emergency services during flooding, forest fires, oil overflow and other serious incidents.

Source: Xinhua News

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