At 9:55 a.m. this morning (local time), the Epsilon No. 5 rocket was successfully launched at the Uchinoura Space Center launch site, Kagoshima Prefecture (Japan).This is the launch in the program “Innovative Satellite Technology Demonstration-2″ – Innovative Satellite Technology Demonstration-2” organized by the Japan Aerospace Agency (JAXA).Previously, the Epsilon 5 rocket was delayed a total of 3 times due to technical reasons and bad weather. This time, JAXA carefully performed the final inspection to ensure the safety of satellite launch, such as hacking
the shape, size, and power supply switching system during launch.Participating in this launch are all 9 satellites, including 1 main satellite weighing 100kg, 4 micro-class satellites, weighing about 50kg and 4 cubesat-class satellites, weighing less than 5kg. The satellites are located in the second stage of the rocket.When reaching the standard altitude, the first stage of the rocket will be automatically separated. The launcher on the 2nd stage continues to put the satellites into operational orbit.In particular, NanoDragon (NDG) is a nano-layer cubesat satellite weighing 3.8 kg with standard size 3U (100 x 100 x 340.5 mm), approved by the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST). make.The satellite is the product of the project “Research, design, manufacture, launch and test operation of nano-sized microsatellites” under the “National Science and Technology Program on space technology in the early stages”.
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The process of researching, designing, integrating and testing satellite functions is completely done in Vietnam, by VNSC’s research staff.The satellite was developed with the aim of demonstrating that it is possible to use micro-satellite beam technology to receive automatic identification of ships (AIS) used for vehicle tracking and monitoring purposes. on the sea. The NanoDragon satellite is expected to operate in a solar synchronous orbit at an altitude of about 560 km .In addition, the NanoDragon satellite is also designed to verify the quality of the satellite posture and control system and a new advanced computer developed specifically for small satellites.On August 11, the NanoDragon satellite was sent to Japan to be transferred to the Uchinoura Space Center launch site, Kagoshima Prefecture. Satellites are pre-mounted on the module along with 8 other satellites. However, due to unexpected incidents, it took 3 months for the satellite to be put into orbit.This is considered a very proud initial achievement of the Vietnam Space Center under the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, marking an important step forward for Vietnam’s space industry. Most recently, the MicroDragon satellite also made by VNSC successfully separated from Japan’s No. 4 Epsilon rocket during its launch in 2019.