Vietnam ’s first observation satellite VNREDsat1 will be launched into orbit on April 19, according to Vice Director of the Space Technology Institute Bui Trong Tuyen.

Under a launch plan just approved by the Government, the 120 kg satellite will be launched by the vehicle VEGA with the cooperation of France .

This is the first remote sensing satellite of Vietnam which aims at monitoring natural resources and managing environment and natural disaster in the country.

The VNREDsat1 project has a total investment capital of 55.8 million EUR, funded by the French Government’s official development assistance (ODA).-VNA