Vietnam launches micro-satellite

Hanoi, Aug 4 (IANS) Vietnam has launched a micro-satellite to the International Space Station (ISS), Xinhua reported Sunday.

Vietnam's micro-satellite Pico Dragon, together with three other such satellites of the US, was shipped to ISS by Japan's Kounotori-4 (HTV-4) cargo spacecraft, said Xinhua citing a report by Vietnam News Agency.

The two-stage H-2B rocket carrying the HTV-4 ship lifted Saturday, initiating a five-day journey to the habitable artificial satellite in low Earth orbit.

Pico Dragon is programmed to capture images of the earth, collect space environment data and test communication systems, said the report, quoting sources from the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology.

The satellite is planned to stay at the ISS for two-three months before going into space.

In May this year, Vietnam's first remote sensing satellite - VNREDSat-1 - was launched into orbit from the Kourou launch pad in French Guiana.


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