Space technology is considered to be “the epitome of technological competitiveness and prowess” of a nation.
For an emerging country like Vietnam, space technology can bring practical benefits for socioeconomic sector such as in preventing and alleviating the devastating effects of natural calamities and climate changes, better monitoring natural resources, especially in marine resources, developing agriculture, establishing telecommunication infrastructure through satellites and its application, etc.
Understanding the importance of space technology in the advancement of the nation, the Government of Vietnam has approved “THE STRATEGY ON RESEARCH INTO, AND APPLICATION OF, AEROSPACE TECHNOLOGY UP TO 2020” in 2006, with the goal to better position Vietnam in the region. The plan has the following main objectives:
- Building and completing the legal and regulatory framework for the research and application of space technology
- Building the infrastructure for space technology
- Scientific research of space technology
- The applications of space technology
In order to facilitate “THE STRATEGY ON RESEARCH INTO, AND APPLICATION OF, AEROSPACE TECHNOLOGY UP TO 2020” and move towards taking command of the technology for building small satellites, the Government of Vietnam has founded the Vietnam National Satellite Center, under Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology on September 16, 2011, with the goal to manage, and implement the Vietnam Space Center project.
Director General: Dr. Pham Anh Tuan
V. director general: Dr. Vu Anh Tuan
V. director general: Vu Viet Phuong
V. director general: Le Xuân Huy
By 2017, VNSC has 126 staffs including 01 Associate Professor, 13 Doctors, 55 Master and 53 engineers/bachelors.
Also, VNSC has strongly supported from Professor Pierre Darriulat (Astrophysics).