Spacebel delivers satellite to Vietnam

date: 23 January 2014

On 20 January, in the presence of Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai and Belgian Deputy Prime Minister Johan Vande Lanotte, SPACEBEL signed a contract for the delivery to Vietnam of an Earth observation system ‘Made in Belgium’, named VNREDSat-1b (Vietnam Natural Resources, Environment & Disaster Monitoring satellite). The satellite will be launched in 2017.

Minister Reynders welcomes the signing of this contract. This contract was made possible by Belgium’s granting of a State-to-State Loan. The Minister also expressed his support for the project during his last two visits to Hanoi. Minister Reynders visited Hanoi in 2012 when he accompanied the princely mission that at the time was chaired by former Prince Philippe, now King Philippe.

The industrial consortium under the leadership of SPACEBEL includes several Belgian aerospace companies: AMOS, QinetiQ Space, Deltatec, the Space Centre of Liège and VITO, which unite their know-how in order to contribute to the development and validation of the satellite and ground components. The project also includes a training programme in partnership with the University of Liège, which is intended for the Vietnamese engineers responsible for satellite data reception and analysis.

Based on ESA’s PROBA satellite platform, the VNREDSat-1b will be positioned in a Sun-synchronous orbit around the Earth for a 5-year observation mission.

This new satellite will enable Vietnam to strengthen its autonomy with regard to monitoring deforestation, river and sea pollution, flooding, agricultural and fishery activities, the impact of climate change, etc.

With this information, the Vietnamese government will be able to better align its environmental policy with the specific needs of the country. The contract concerned is worth approximately 60 million euros.