Vietnam National Space Center celebrates 10 years of establishment

On December 21, 2021, the National Vietnam Space Center (VNSC) of the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST) solemnly celebrated its 10th anniversary and received the Certificate of Merit from the Prime Minister. Attending the ceremony were Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tran Tuan Anh–VAST Vice President; representative of the Japanese Embassy in Vietnam; representatives of leaders of VAST units; leaders of ministries, departments, branches and partners, together with VNSC employees and officials.

At the ceremony, authorized by the Prime Minister, on behalf of the VAST President, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tran Tuan Anh, VAST Vice President, awarded the Prime Minister's Certificate of Merit to VNSC, and warmly congratulated VNSC on receiving the noble award for its achievements in its work, making an important contribution to the development of the VAST.

Under the authorization of the Prime Minister, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tran Tuan Anh, VAST Vice President, awards the Prime Minister's Certificate of Merit to VNSC

On behalf of all VNSC officials and employees, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Pham Anh Tuan, General Director of VNSC, reviewed the 10-year journey of development since VNSC's establishment. More than 10 years ago, on September 16, 2011, the National Satellite Center, under the VAST, was established under the signature of the Prime Minister. It was then renamed the Vietnam National Space Center (VNSC), marking the beginning of Vietnam's "dream" of having a National Space Center.

The cooperation agreement with a Japanese consultant to prepare a pre-feasibility report for the "Vietnam National Space Center" project was signed on August 18, 2008, and its investment was approved by the Prime Minister in April 2009.

Over the past 10 years, the VNSC has strongly developed its highly qualified staff, expanded and developed in all 4 directions in the fields of space science and technology, application and training, and focused on international cooperation with such agencies as the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), the French Space Agency (CNES) and the European Commission. The VNSC has become a member of a number of international space organizations such as the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS), the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) and the Asia-Pacific Space Agency Forum.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Pham Anh Tuan, General Director of VNSC, reviews the 10-year journey of development since VNSC's establishment

VNSC has promoted the exploitation of satellite images of the Vietnam Data Cube system and the LOTUSat-1 satellite; developed the VietSCO system for monitoring natural disasters, water environment, coastal erosion, improving the ability to cope with and adapt to climate change.

With the initial results already achieved, VNSC has determined the main goals to implement Vietnam's Space Strategy to 2030 which include (1) Carrying out the mission of developing "Made in Vietnam" satellites and participating in the development of “National observation system using small satellites” system; (2) Exploiting LOTUSat-1 satellite images for socio-economic development and national security; (3) Developing the Excellent Center for Space Science, and; (4) Promoting community’s awareness on space, especially among the young generation.

Some other photos at the ceremony:

Translated by Phuong Huyen
Link to Vietnamese version

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