Vietnam, Japan reach deal on satellite data exchange

Monday, 2017-09-18 10:10:54
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Representatives from VNSC and JAXA sign an agreement on satellite data exchange, Hanoi, September 18. (Credit: VNSC)
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NDO – The Vietnam National Space Center (VNSC), under the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, signed a cooperation agreement on satellite data exchange with Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) in Hanoi, on September 18.

The deal aims to support the DataCube Programme in Vietnam - a large data platform programme of the Earth’s observation satellites in order to develop related applications, such as rice, forest and water quality monitoring, in addition to promoting the use of satellite data in the field of Earth observation.

As part of the agreement, the Japanese agency will provide ScanSAR ALOS-2 products that capture the Vietnamese territory and research topics agreed upon by the two sides. The agreement also provides a framework for the two sides to expand their cooperation in research and application development through the use of Earth observation (EO) products, not only from the ALOS-2 satellite, but also others, as well as data already available in the DataCube system.

The VNSC will operate and maintain the Vietnam DataCube system to store ALOS-2 data, while promoting the use of ALOS-2 data in related application areas, in addition to undertaking research, applying programmes and promoting the use of EO products by other satellites, especially Japanese satellites, and data available for Vietnam’s socio-economic development activities.

The cooperative content under the agreement will last for two years.

Delegates at the opening of GEOSS-AP 10 in Hanoi on September 18. (Credit: NDO)

The signing of the agreement is part of the activities within the framework of the 10th Asia-Pacific Global Earth Observation System Conference (GEOSS-AP 10), which opened on the same day in Hanoi, under the theme of “Accelerating the realisation of the SDGs with Earth Observations: Lessons from the Asia-Oceania region.”

The three-day conference discusses Asia-Oceania requirements for information, organism observation, marine observation, data base and data sharing of Earth observation satellites; in particular, defining the methods of promoting space technology and space application for disaster monitoring serving sustainable socio-economic development and creating a better life in a green environment.

GEOSS-AP 10 includes two plenary sessions and working group meetings, focusing on reports from participating countries on the implementation of the Earth monitoring system in the Asia-Pacific region, Vietnam's demand for Earth observation data and specific experiences to achieve the goal of enhancing cohesion among the members and promoting the deployment of Earth observation systems in Asia-Pacific.

GEOSS was founded by the Group of Earth Observation (GEO) consisting over 100 members of governments and organisations around the world, aimed at improving the integration of data-observation and sharing systems through the connection of common standards-based infrastructure. Vietnam became a member of GEO in 2014.

In recent years, under the direction of the National Strategy for Research and Application of Space Technology by 2020, the Ministry of Science and Technology and the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology have expanded international cooperation in the field, by participating in the Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum and the International Astronautical Federation, as well as signing and implementing a range of cooperation agreements with foreign aerospace agencies, and hosting international conferences on the application of space technology in socio-economic development, especially in the fields of natural disaster prevention, environmental management and natural resources.