NanoDragon satellite will be in orbit on October 1, 2021
Launch date: October 1, 2021
Estimated launch time: about 09:48 – 09:59 Japan time (equivalent to 07:48 – 07:59 Vietnam time)
Reserve launch time: from October 2, 2021 to November 30, 2021
Launch site: Uchinoura Space Center
Vietnam's NanoDragon satellite was officially handed over to Japan on August 17, 2021
Information on the order of launching satellites on the Epsilon 5 rocket is as follows:
|Number||Work||Time (hour-minute-second)||Time (second)||Height (km)||Speed (km/h)|
|1||Launch||0 0 0||0||0||0.4|
|2||Split floor 1||2 41||161||130||2.0|
|3||Split floor 2||6 30||390||241||4.7|
|4||Split floor 3||9 54||594||239||7.9|
|5||Split satellite RAISE-2||52 35||3155||570||7.6|
|6||Split satellite TeikyoSat-4||1 06 30||3990||570||7.6|
|7||Split satellite ASTERISC||1 06 53||4013||570||7.6|
|8||Split satellite Z-Sat||1 10 06||4206||574||7.6|
|9||Split satellite DRUMS||1 10 29||4229||574||7.6|
|10||Split satellite HIBARI||1 10 52||4252||575||7.6|
|11||Split satellites KOSEN-1 and ARICA||1 11 15||4275||575||7.6|
|12||Split satellite NanoDragon||1 11 38||4298||576||7.6|
The trajectory of the Epsilon 5 rocket (JAXA: https://www.jaxa.jp/press/2021/08/files/20210820_epsilon5.pdf)
Previously, on August 11, 2021, the NanoDragon satellite, manufactured by the Vietnam Space Center (VNSC) and the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST), was moved from Noi Bai Airport to Narita airport, Tokyo. After that, NanoDragon was transferred to the Uchinoura Space Center launch site, Kagoshima province, for final inspection on shape, size, power supply switching system during launch, the inspection process took place in two days 16- August 17, 2021. Immediately after the inspection, on August 17, 2021 NanoDragon was officially handed over to the Japan Aerospace Agency (JAXA) for launch under the Program "Demonstrating Advanced Satellite Technology 2".
Japanese experts install Vietnam's NanoDragon satellite into the rocket's launch tube
Information about NanoDragon satellite
NanoDragon (NDG) is a 3.8 kg nano-class cubesat satellite with standard dimensions of 3U (100 x 100 x 340.5 mm), developed by VNSC. The satellite is the product of the Project "Research, design, manufacture, launch and test operation of nano-sized microsatellites" under the "National Science and Technology Program on space technology 2016 – 2020”. The process of researching, designing, integrating and testing satellite functions is completely done in Vietnam, by VNSC's research staff.
The NanoDragon satellite was developed with the following purposes: Mastering the technology of developing small satellite systems of the Southern Institute; Testing the system and technology of micro-satellite beams that can receive signals and automatically identify ships (Automatic Identification System - AIS) to track and monitor vehicles at sea; Perfection calibration, quality control system and satellite positioning. The NanoDragon satellite is expected to operate in a solar synchronous orbit at an altitude of about 560 km.
NanoDragon is a satellite 100% researched, designed and manufactured in Vietnam, and is a product in the development roadmap of small satellites "Made in Vietnam" of VNSC, aiming to implement the "Strategy for development and application of space science and technology until 2030" which was approved by the Prime Minister on February 4, 2021.
Translated by Phuong Ha
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