On November 3, 2018, in the framework of the working visit to Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, President of the Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES), Mr. Jean-Yves Le Gall also stopped by Vietnam National Space Center (VNSC), under Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST).
In the reception, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Pham Anh Tuan, Director General of Vietnam National Space Center expressed the profound gratitude to the Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales, especially the Centre d’Etudes Spatiales de la BIOsphère (CESBIO) for having been supporting VNSC in the development of the Vietnam DataCube system, particularly in forest and rice monitoring algorithms, which are to expand in use for the whole Mekong delta region, in line with the growth of the Vietnam initiatives proposed to the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) during VAST’s CEOS chair term (2019).
CNES President visits VNSC
On the other hand, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Pham Anh Tuan and Mr. Jean-Yves Le Gall also had discussion on the potential of space technology cooperation between CNES and VNSC. Some particular contents, including collaboration in Vietnam DataCube development and expansion of micro- and nano-satellites development in Vietnam were at first to be concentrated. This cooperation is expected to support in training space technology human resources in Vietnam, particularly in the University of Science and Technology of Hanoi (USTH).
Moreover, CNES also expressed the interest in supporting VNSC a number of artifacts to display in Vietnam Space Museum located in Hoa Lac high-tech park.
Memorial photo of CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall and VNSC Director General Assoc. Prof. Dr. Pham Anh Tuan
At current time, CNES and VNSC have already collaborated in Space technology. One of those that VNSC is joining with CNES is the Space Variable Objects Monitor (SVOM) project to be launched in 2021, in which, VNSC is in consideration of feasibility to host one in a 40 VHF ground stations network aims to make uninterrupted communication between the Control Centre in Paris and the SVOM satellite, no matter where the satellite is in its designed orbit.