Vietnam’s second satellite ready for liftoff
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The mission has been given the go-ahead for liftoff at 5:13 a.m. on Wednesday (Hanoi time) from the Spaceport in French Guiana. The Ariane 5 vehicle brings Japan’s JCSAT-13 and Vietnam’s VINASAT-2 satellites into orbit. VINASAT-2, a US$280 million project of Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group (VNPT), is launched into the orbital slot at 131.8 degrees east, and has a life span of 15 years. Currently, about 90% of the capacity of Vietnam’s first satellite, VINASAT-1, has been tapped.