On the afternoon of 3rd September 2015, Vietnam National Satellite Center (VNSC),Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST), held the farewell party for 13 trainees of Batch-3 of Satellite Basic Course training Master of Technology Space in 5 universities of Japan ( The University of Tokyo, The University of Keio, The University of Hokkaido, The University of Tohoku, Kyushy Institute of Technology) under the Space Center Project.
Present at the ceremony were the participation of VNSC’s directorate, staffs of Vietnam Space Center project PMU, and family of trainees.
The farewell party took place in the touching atmostphere, besides, Directorate of VNSC wished 13 trainees to have two years of effectively academic research in order to file the return for a great contribution to the career of Vietnam space technology research and development. VNSC would like to express our deepest thanks to Directorate of VAST, as well as family of trainees who always support VNSC and the Vietnam Space Center project.
According to human resources training plan, VNSC has been appointed 35 trainees to attend the basic course of training Master of Space Technology in the fields of Orbital Control, Attitude Control, Structure and Thermal Control, Command and Data Handling, power supply, propulsion, software and launching. The program is divided into 3 batches: 2013 – 2015, 2014 – 2016, 2015 – 2017. The target of program is to comprehensively train Master of Technology Space through designing, manufacturing and experimenting satellites. Currently, there has been 22 trainees of VNSC studying and researching in The Universities mentioned above, and the 3rd batch would increase up to a total of 35 trainees.
The content of theoretical courses follow the standard Master of Space Technology program in universities and institutes figuring a strong space technology. As for practice in accordance with the particular program of courses: designing, assembling, and testing a 50-kilogram microsatellite.
Training high-qualified human resources is a significant component of Vietnam Space Center project funded by Japan government’s ODA, being summed up as follows:
Step 1: Basic Satellite – Basic knowledge over space technology and designing and testing micro-satellite; adopting technology transfer of manufacturing micro-satellite from Japan’s universities.
Step 2: Advanced Satellite – adopting technology transfer from the satellite manufactures in Japan; designing & forming manufacturing process, assembling, intergrating and testing LOTUSat-1 satellite in Japan.
Step 3: Assembling and testing LOTUSat-2 satellite in Vietnam.
Human resource is one of the most important elements in developing science & technology in general and space technology in particular. The matter of developing sustainable technology attached with the development of human resources. Hence, training human resource to serve small satellites manufacturing and space technology application is an important part of Vietnam Space Center project.
To meeting the goal of sufficient qualified human resources in manufacturing, assembling and testing the two satellites, VNSC has planned to recruit and train at least 70 engineers in 2015, about 150 engineers in 2020, and approximatelly 300 engineers in 2030. The goal of project focuses on training human resources from basic to advanced level with a view to ensure self-researching ability, designing, manufacturing made-in-Vietnam satellites that help adapt the need of human resource for Vietnam space technology in the future.