The Epsilon-5 rocket is expected to be launched from Japan’s Uchinoura Space Center on the morning of November 7 (local time), carrying Vietnam’s NanoDragon satellite and 8 Japanese satellites into space. On November 4, the Japanese Aerospace Agency (JAXA) announced that it would resume the launch of Vietnam’s NanoDragon satellite on November 7.
According to the Vietnam News Agency correspondent in Tokyo, JAXA said that the Epsilon-5 rocket is expected to be launched from Uchinoura Space Center, Kagoshima Prefecture, between 9:48 a.m. and 9:59 a.m. on November 7 (local time), carrying follow Vietnam’s NanoDragon satellite and 8 other Japanese satellites into space.
Previously, JAXA had to stop launching Epsilon-5 twice. For the first time on October 1, JAXA made the decision to stop launching just 19 seconds before the rocket was launched.
The reason was due to a technical problem in the ground radar equipment, located near the missile’s launch pad, which monitors the position and speed of the Epsilon-5. In another attempt on October 7, JAXA had to cancel its planned Epsilon-5 launch because of unfavorable weather at the Uchinoura Space Center.
NanoDragon is a nano-class cubesat satellite, weighing about 4kg, with a size of 3U (100x100x340.5mm). This satellite was built by engineers of the Vietnam Space Center (VNSC) of the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology.
This is a satellite that is 100% researched, designed and manufactured in Vietnam and is part of VNSC’s “Made in Vietnam” small satellite development roadmap.
The process of researching, designing, integrating and testing satellite functions is completely carried out by VNSC’s research staff in Vietnam. The entire mechanical structure, power distribution circuit and some other auxiliary circuits of the satellite are also manufactured by Vietnam./.