Vietnam National Space Centre (VNSC) developed NanoDragon was the last satellite launched into outer space by Epsilon-5 from the Uchinoura Space Centre in Japan’s Kagoshima prefecture.
The satellite also carried other small satellites of Japan. NanoDragon, at 11:30 am, flew over Vietnam’s space for the first time.
The Epsilon-5 was successfully launched at 9:55 am (local time) into outer space from the Uchinoura Space Centre in Japan’s Kagoshima prefecture.
According to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), this time, the satellites launched into outer space are part of its second “Innovative satellite technology demonstration” programme.
Developed by the Vietnam National Space Centre (VNSC) under the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, NanoDragon is a nano-layer cubesat satellite weighing around four kilogrammes.
The satellite before being officially transferred to the JAXA for launching was delivered to Japan on August 11 and tested from August 16-17 at the country’s Uchinoura Space Centre.
The VNSC earlier in 2013 had also successfully developed and launched the 1-kg-microsatellite PicoDragon into the orbit, and the 50-kg satellite MicroDragon in 2019.
According to reports, the launch of made-in-Vietnam NanoDragon satellite has set itself a name into Vietnam’s history and marked a new development milestone for its space industry.
The Vietnamese Ambassador to Japan Vu Hong Nam on the successful launch commented that all stages in the manufacturing process of NanaDragon were carried out in Vietnam.
According to Vietnam, it chose Japan to launch NanoDragon as the former is a partner to coordinate and support the latter in testing small satellites.
Nan further stated that the launching event is a symbolic cooperation for the friendship and reliable relationship between the two countries. As the same is within the framework of the Vietnam-Japan extensive strategic partnership which is heading towards the 50th anniversary of establishment of bilateral diplomatic ties in 2023.
Lastly, the diplomat expressed his gratitude to the Vietnamese Government for being able to be the representative of the country and witness the satellite launch.
Reports also suggest that previously, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) on October 1, October 7 and November 7 had to stop launching Epsilon-5 due to ground radar issue, and unfavourable weather.