Airbus Defence and Space

Airbus Defence and Space signs development contract with Vietnam for an Earth observation satellite – VNREDSat-1

• Contract worth €55.2 million signed on 30 July in Vietnam
• Airbus Defence and Space is the world’s leading exporter of Earth observation satellites

Toulouse, 2 August 2010Airbus Defence and Space has signed a contract worth €55.2 million with the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST) for the development, manufacture and launch of an Earth observation optical satellite system. This follows on from last November’s intergovernmental agreement on space co-operation between France and Vietnam, in which the French government affirmed its commitment to building a closer partnership with Vietnam in the domain of science and technology.

The contract awarded by VAST – the national institution responsible for setting up Vietnam’s Earth observation space programme – relates to the Vietnam Natural Resources, Environment and Disaster Monitoring Satellite VNREDSat-1 and the corresponding ground systems. This programme is the result of an initiative by the Vietnamese government to create a space infrastructure enabling the country to better monitor and study the effects of climate change, predict and take measures to prevent natural disasters, and optimise the management of its natural resources. More generally, it will allow the country to advance its knowledge in the field of space engineering and benefit from the ensuing economic and technological growth to create new employment opportunities.

The space system comprises an optical satellite capable of capturing images with a resolution of 2.5 metres, the associated ground control, image receiving and processing stations, and a co-operation and training programme for the Vietnamese engineers. The image receiving and processing terminals will be integrated in Vietnam’s existing ENRMS monitoring station, a multi-satellite ground facility operated by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.

The satellite will be built in Toulouse by a team including 15 Vietnamese engineers.

Jean Dauphin, Director of Earth Observation and Science Programmes for Airbus Defence and Space France, said: “I am delighted that Airbus Defence and Space has been chosen to construct Vietnam’s first Earth observation satellite. This contract is the result of long and fruitful discussions between Airbus Defence and Space and the space programme managers at VAST, and is indicative of the high technological standard and quality of the Earth observation space systems developed by Airbus Defence and Space.”

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Airbus Defence and Space, a wholly owned subsidiary of AIRBUS Group, is dedicated to providing civil and defence space systems and services. In 2009, Airbus Defence and Space had a turnover of €4.8 billion and more than 15,000 employees in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain and the Netherlands. Its three main areas of activity are Airbus Defence and Space for launchers and orbital infrastructure, Airbus Defence and Space for spacecraft and ground segment and Airbus Defence and Space for the development and provision of secure and commercial satcoms and networks, high security satellite communications equipment, geo-information products and services, and navigation services.

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