The objective was to create a space system enabling Vietnam to better monitor and study the effects of climate change, predict and take measures to prevent natural disasters, and to optimize the management of its natural resources.
The satellite was given the name VNREDSat-1 for “Vietnam Natural Resources, Environment and Disaster Monitoring Satellite”.
More generally, this satellite allowed the country to increase its knowledge in the field of space engineering and to benefit from socio-economic development. VNREDSat-1 contributes to reinforce Vietnamese sovereignty.
As part of the VNREDSAT-1 programme, Airbus Defence and Space established a comprehensive bilateral cooperation with VAST (Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology).
This turnkey solution included an intense academic training programme for Vietnamese engineers as well as technology transfer through on-the-job training. During the project, Vietnamese engineers were trained by the Airbus Defence and Space team.
The satellite is based on the AstroBus-XS platform designed and developed by Airbus Defence and Space in partnership with the CNES (French Space Agency).
The optical payload of the 150kg satellite is capable of capturing images with a resolution of 2.5 meters in panchromatic and 10 meters in multi-spectral mode. The payload benefits from the leading-edge NAOMI optical instruments designed by Airbus Defence and Space.
The satellite launch was also part of Airbus Defence and Space’s responsibility. The satellite was successfully launched on a Sun-synchronous orbit on May 7, 2013, on board of a Vega launcher.
15 June 2016
Sentinel-2 is a polar-orbiting, multispectral high-resolution imaging mission for land monitoring to provide, for example, imagery of vegetation, soil and water cover, inland waterways and coastal areas. Sentinel-2 can also deliver information for emergency services.Read more
18 May 2016
This year we will be present from 1st to 4th June at the ILA Berlin Air Show, held in Germany – where we have a significant industrial footprint and strong heritage. Come visit us at our booth in hall 2 and see our products in the BDLI space pavilion as well as on flight- and static display. More info: http://bit.ly/2053SNnRead more
12 June 2015
Airbus Defence and Space has been a key partner in the Copernicus programme since it kicked off in 1998 under the name GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security). Copernicus comprises an 'in-situ' measurement component and a 'services' component addressing six specific topics: oceans, atmosphere, climate change, land, security and emergency management. More information on http://bit.ly/1eMW5SY and http://bit.ly/1GBEwSiRead more
20 May 2015
Space has become an undisputed diagnostic tool for detecting climatic and environmental changes on a planetary scale. European Space Agency, European Commission and Eumetsat are the key actors for climate monitoring from space in Europe. Airbus Defence and Space has a long history of Earth observation & climate monitoring missions. 27 Airbus built satellites already launched have direct or indirect applications for climate change monitoring, with more than 200 years accumulated in orbit experience. There are a further 18 satellites in development. More information: http://bit.ly/1eMW5SYRead more
23 February 2015
The Sentinel-2 satellites will deliver optical images from the visible-near infrared to short-wave infrared range of the electromagnetic spectrum using a total of 13 spectral bands with a resolution of 10, 20 or 60 meters and a swath width of 290 km and will be used mainly in the areas of land use, soil sealing, land management, forest monitoring, natural disasters (floods, forest fires, landslides, erosion) and humanitarian aid. Sentinel-2 is one of the European “Copernicus” programme satellites built under the industrial leadership of Airbus Defence and Space for the European Space Agency. More information: http://bit.ly/1AvoFepRead more
12 November 2014
MetOp-SG comprises two series of satellites, with three units in each series. The Satellite A series focuses on optical instruments and atmospheric sounders, while the Satellite B series focuses on microwave instruments. Both types will be based on Airbus Defense and Space’s Astrobus high-power satellite platforms. While the Satellite A series will be developed and built under the industrial lead of Airbus Defence and Space in Toulouse (France), the design and manufacture of the Satellite B series will be led by the company’s Friedrichshafen site in Germany. More information: http://bit.ly/1ueWw8PRead more
27 March 2014
Airbus Defence and Space has been a key partner in the Copernicus programme since it kicked off in 1998 under the name GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security). Copernicus comprises an 'in-situ' measurement component and a 'services' component addressing six specific topics: oceans, atmosphere, climate change, land, security and emergency management. More information on http://www.astrium.eads.net/en/programme/sentinel-1vh.htmlRead more
27 March 2014
The Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission is the European “Radar Vision” for the Copernicus joint initiative of the European Commission (EC) and the European Space Agency (ESA). Copernicus, previously known as GMES, is a European initiative for the implementation of information services dealing with environment and security. It is based on observation data received from Earth Observation satellites and ground-based information. The Airbus Defence and Space built Sentinel-1 SAR instrument with its all-weather, day-and-night imaging capability and its short revisit time has greatly enhanced the amount of valuable data available to users. Data is routinely and systematically provided for maritime and land monitoring, emergency response, climate change and security purposes. More information: http://bit.ly/1lLvHg3Read more