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Airbus to work with Vietnam to develop country's space industry

Released at: 17:38, 02/08/2018

Airbus to work with Vietnam to develop country's space industry

Airbus's Astrobus-S Satellite (Source from Airbus)

Areas of collaboration with Airbus include research and exchange of information.

by Thu Hoang

Airbus and Vietnam’s Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) have recently signed a letter of intent that allows them to work together in several areas of interest in the space sector.

Potential areas of collaboration between Airbus Defence and Space and MOST include the exchange of information on issues related to the observation of Earth, organizing and participating in scientific and technological events, and research into satellite technology.

“Airbus and Vietnam are already partners via the VNREDSat-1 satellite and with this recently signed LOI, we are able to further support the development of Vietnam’s space industry. This agreement will allow us to continue working together on topics related to the observation of Earth and satellite technology, and help strengthen our close relationship,” said Mr. Nicolas Chamussy, Head of Space Systems, Airbus.

In 2010, Airbus was awarded a contract to develop, manufacture and launch Vietnam’s first Earth observation satellite. VNREDSat-1 was successfully launched in May 2013 to enable Vietnam to better monitor and study the effects of climate change, predict and take measures to prevent natural disasters, and optimize the management of its natural resources.

As part of the VNREDSat-1 program, Airbus and the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST) established a bilateral cooperation that included academic and on-the-job training programs for Vietnamese engineers, as well as technology transfer.

With 15 international programs in place, Airbus is the leading exporter of Earth observation satellite systems worldwide and provides turnkey solutions to both civilian space agencies and defense organizations.

With decades of experience in the development of satellite systems designed for dual-use, the AstroBus-S is ideal for very-high resolution (VHR) applications and combines the advantages of a low-mass system with the strong performance of a larger platform. 

Airbus has been a partner of the Asian space sector for almost 40 years and has supplied space equipment for geostationary and low Earth orbit spacecraft operators in Japan, Singapore, and South Korea. Airbus has also helped launch satellites for countries such as Australia, India, Indonesia, Japan and South Korea.

In Vietnam, in addition to the VNREDSat-1 satellite, Airbus has successfully provided solutions across its commercial aircraft, defense, and helicopter businesses. The European manufacturer is also developing its industrial presence in the country, where several local firms supply aerostructures and components across the Airbus civil aircraft product line. This will help generate full-time employment for 550 highly skilled Vietnamese workers.

In education, the company is supporting the development of two new degree programs at the University of Science and Technology of Hanoi (USTH) to help Vietnam meet its growing requirements for aerospace engineers and professionals.

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