| Vietnam’s NanoDragon and 8 other small satellites of Japan are sent to orbit from Japan, November 9, 2021. (Photo: JAXA)
Previously, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) had to stop launching Epsilon-5 thrice on October 1, October 7, and November 7 due to ground radar issue, and unfavourable weather.
Vietnamese Ambassador to Japan Vu Hong Nam, who was present at the Uchinoura Space Centre in Kagoshima prefecture to witness the launch, said: “I was touched when witnessing the moment the Epsilon-5 rocket at the Uchinoura Space Centre was launched, carrying Vietnam's NanoDragon satellite into outer space”.
This moment has gone into history and marked a new development milestone of Vietnam's space industry, Nam said.
According to JAXA, the satellites launched into outer space this time are part of JAXA's second "Innovative satellite technology demonstration" programme.
NanoDragon, a nano-layer cubesat satellite which weighs around four kilogrammes, was developed by the Vietnam National Space Centre (VNSC) under the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology. The development of the NanoDragon satellite is part of VNSC's "made in Vietnam" small satellite development roadmap.
It was delivered to Japan on August 11 and tested at the Uchinoura Space Centre from August 16-17 before being officially transferred to JAXA for launching under the second "Innovative satellite technology demonstration" program.