NanoDragon is a cubesat-class satellite, weighing about 4 kg and the 3U size (100x100x340.5 mm). It is expected to operate in a solar synchronous orbit at an altitude of about 560 kms.
The satellite was developed for the purpose of demonstrating that it is possible to use micro-satellite beam technology to receive automatic identification system (AIS) used for tracking and monitoring vehicles at sea.
Vietnam launched its first Vinasat-1 satellite to space on April 18, 2008. This satellite was manufactured in conjunction with the Lockheed Martin multinational company.
After four years, Vietnam launched the Vinasat-2, while in 2013 the VN Redsat-1 (remote sensing) and the micro satellite ‘Dragon Peak’, already fully billed in Vietnam and supported by Japan.
VNSC is currently working on two larger satellites, LOTUSat-1 and LOTUSat-2, which were designed by Japanese experts and will be assembled and piloted by Vietnamese engineers.
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