Vietnam's NanoDragon satellite to be launched on Tuesday

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(VOVWORLD) - Microsatellite NanoDragon, a product of the Vietnam National Space Center, is slated to be sent into orbit from Japan on Tuesday morning. 
Vietnam's NanoDragon satellite to be launched on Tuesday - ảnh 1Japanese experts prepare for the launch of NanoDragon. (Photo: Vietnam National Space Center) 

The satellite is expected to be launched into outer space at 7:48 - 7:59 am Vietnamese time (Indochina GMT +7), from the Uchinoura Space Center in Japan. 

“We developed  our own 4-5 of the 21 electronic components of the satellite. The rest was done with our Japanese partners. The satellite has been tested in Japan,” said Dr. Le Xuan Huy, Deputy Director of the Vietnam National Space Center.

NanoDragon, a nano-class cubesat satellite, which weighs 3.8 kilograms, is expected to operate at an altitude of about 560 kilometers from the earth.

The satellite can use micro-satellite beam technology to receive the Automatic Identification System (AIS) signals that serve the tracking and observation of activities at sea.

NanoDragon is the product of a project to create a nano-scale satellite under the national space technology program during the 2016-2020 period.