(VEN) - The Ministry of Science and Technology and the Vietnam Space Committee coordinated with France’s Space Agency to organize a workshop on space technology and its applications with the participation of nearly 100 leading experts.
The French-Vietnamese workshop on space technology and applications in Hanoi
Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Tran Van Tung said, “Vietnam always attaches importance to the role of science and technology in socioeconomic development. The Ministry of Science and Technology has made greater efforts to implement science and technology development strategy by 2020 and promote international cooperation in order to share experience towards sustainable development. The workshop was organized with the aim of creating an open forum for leading scientists and experts at home and abroad in research and application of space technology to join academic discussions and devise cooperation plans towards sustainable and long-term benefits of both sides.” Vietnam has made initial research activities in some fields of science and technology in recent years. In 2006 Vietnam issued a strategy on research and application of space technology by 2020 and then the Vietnam Space Committee was established in 2010. The development of Vietnamese space science and technology has focused on various fields such as meteorology, communications, Global Positioning System (GPS) and remote sensing. In particular, the land survey units have applied the GPS by satellite to establish the national coordinate grid since the 90s of last century. The GPS by satellite has also been applied in observation of changes in the earth’s crust and managing offshore fishing. Vietnam cooperated with France to launch VNREDSat-1, an optical earth observation satellite that is capable of taking pictures of the entire area on the earth’s surface. The Space Technology Institute’s Vietnam National Satellite Center was established in 2011, providing opportunities for Vietnamese space technology to develop and contribute to socioeconomic development. France’s CLS Group Deputy General Director Antoine Monsaingeon said, “CLS is providing high-tech services for many customers who are multinational corporations, oil and gas businesses, maritime transport companies and scientific research organizations in many countries around the world such as satellite services for monitoring cargo ships (LRIT and SAT-AIS), offshore petroleum activities and water resources and other services in sea level measurements.”
Many countries have actively invested in space technology for peaceful purposes. After the success of the VNREDSat-1 project and the Movimar project between Vietnam and France, the seminar also provided opportunities for both sides to promote cooperation in space technology, especially now that Vietnam is building the Vietnam Space Center project and is looking to launch LOTUSat-2 by 2020.