AsianScientist (Nov. 22, 2011) – Vietnam will build a space center by 2018 which will cost over US$600 million.
The project will be implemented by the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST) with design and construction support from Japanese engineers and technicians. The Vietnam Satellite Center, part of VAST, was established in September 2011 to oversee and implement the project.
Under the plan, the Vietnam Space Center will cover an area of nine hectares at Hoa Lac High-tech Park in Hanoi. The Center will design and produce small satellites for weather forecasting, research, and disaster management.
The project was announced by Dr. Doan Minh Chung, director of the Space Technology Institute (STI), at a ceremony marking the Academy’s fifth anniversary in Hanoi on Tuesday.
Once the center has been built, Vietnam will have the most modern space science facility in Southeast Asia.
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