Vietnam successfully tests unmanned aerial vehicles in Central Highlands

17/06/2013
From May 17th to 19th 2013, at Da Lat city, the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong, the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST) continued testing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) to confirm the automatic flying control system in the Central Highlands, in combination with taking photos and using spectrometers to serve VAST’s research in the Central Highlands Science and Technology Programme 3.
 
The test was conducted on six vehicles out of 20 produced under five types of vehicles made by the Vietnam Space Technology Institute under VAST. Vehicle AV.UAV.S2 was installed with spectrometers made by the Space Technology Institute under VAST.
 
The event drew the participation of Prof. Chau Van Minh, member of the Party Central Committee, VAST president, and head of the Central Highlands Programme 3; Nguyen Xuan Tien, member of the Party Central Committee, chairman of Lam Dong provincial People’s Committee; Huynh Duc Hoa, secretary of Lam Dong provincial Party Committee; lieutenant-general Tran Xuan Hoa, deputy head of the Steering Committee for the Central Highlands; leaders of the Ministry of Science and Technology, and units under VAST; representatives from Central Highlands Programme 3 and scientists.
 

The test was conducted on six vehicles out of 20 produced under five types of vehicles made by the Vietnam Space Technology Institute under VAST. Vehicle AV.UAV.S2 was installed with spectrometers made by the Space Technology Institute under VAST.

 

The event drew the participation of Prof. Chau Van Minh, member of the Party Central Committee, VAST president, and head of the Central Highlands Programme 3; Nguyen Xuan Tien, member of the Party Central Committee, chairman of Lam Dong provincial People’s Committee; Huynh Duc Hoa, secretary of Lam Dong provincial Party Committee; lieutenant-general Tran Xuan Hoa, deputy head of the Steering Committee for the Central Highlands; leaders of the Ministry of Science and Technology, and units under VAST; representatives from Central Highlands Programme 3 and scientists.

 


Scientists witnessed UAV test flights

 

As scheduled, the six vehicles will be flown continuously in three days from May 17th to 19th 2013 in Lam Dong province to record active images on the actual state of forestry resources and water surface in Lam Dong province, and more than 10,000 images of high-resolution at predetermined co-ordinates to compare with results received from remote sensing satellite, helping scientists to have reliable data, supplementing research, calculation and forest in projects.

 

On May 18th 2013, the unmanned aircraft AV.UAV S2 carrying cameras, spectrometers and other devices took off into the sky of the Central Highlands (the administrative border of Lac Duong district, Lam Dong province) to record images, take photos and spectrometer readings on natural objects on the earth to prepare standardize remote sensing photo data received from satellite.

 

The first quality images were transmitted in actual time to the earth photo processing centre. Specialized camera, which has high resolution of over 20 megapixel and camera speed of five photos per second, was installed with automatic mechanisms to monitor forest regions, plant coverage and water surface according to the itinerary of the flights. Especially, the spectrometer (made by the Space Technology Institute) was optimized into small size by scientists from the Space Technology Institute and the Institute of Aerospace Technology, so it could be installed on the unmanned aircraft AV.UAV S2 and the implementation of measures to collect and build the spectrum data library to serve remote sensing science under the Central Highlands Programme 3 and other researching programmes on science application.

 


Photo taken from specialized cameras on the aircraft

 


Photo of Lac Duong region in Lam Dong province from many small photos taken by specialized cameras on the aircraft

 

The testing process helped the project group to assess the UAVs’ stability and adaptive capacity of these aircrafts in the atmosphere over Da Lat city, Lam Dong province. Especially, the aircrafts also experienced very severe flying conditions in the atmosphere, with thick cloud cover, thunder and lightning and strong winds. In fact, the aircrafts operated effectively and did not meet any technical problems during the test.

 

The successful test in the Central Highlands created an important premise not only to have additional parameters to complete the technology to make different generations for UAVs by VAST, but also show the possibility to quickly bring science and technology products into practice for different purposes due to high usage effectiveness, low producing price, flexibility, diversification and usefulness of the domestic unmanned aircraft. The success also had special significance to mark the anniversary of President Ho Chi Minh’s birth (May 19) and the 38th founding anniversary of VAST (May 20, 1975 – May 20, 2013).

 

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Translated by Tuyet Nhung

 

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