Vietnam’s F-1 satellite goes to orbit today
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The F-1 satellite, which was made by Vietnam’s FPT University, is scheduled to be launched into orbit from the Tanegashima pad of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency today, July 21
An artist's impression of F-1 satellite Photo: VOV
The F-1 satellite, which was made by Vietnam’s FPT University, is scheduled to be launched into orbit from the Tanegashima pad of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) today, July 21.
An HII-B rocket of the JAXA is used to launch the made-in-Vietnam satellite into orbit at 9:18 a.m. (Hanoi time), said the university’s Space Research Division (FSpace).
F-1, which measures 10 x 10 x10 cm and weighs 1 kilogram, will be launched to the International Space Station (ISS) along with four other small satellites from Japan and the US.
When the satellite is released into outer space from the ISS, it will fly in the same orbit with the ISS’s, and it takes 92 minutes for the satellite to complete a trip around the earth.
The satellite can take pictures with a camera with low resolution (640 x 480) and send to earth at a speed of 1,200 bytes per second.
As it has passed the test on flight safety and met technical requirements of JAXA, the satellite has been allowed to join the program on small satellite launching jointly organized by JAXA and NASA.
F-1 will help monitor maritime transport and prevent forest fires, experts said.