ISRO looks for Ground 'Space' in Vietnam

Published on May 25, 2015 12:05:05 PM

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has come up with a proposal for a ground station in Vietnam. The project has also received backing from the PMO, as ISRO already seems to have convinced Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who spoke about the topic at the India-Asean meet at Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.

A senior scientist said that this proposal helps India receive and process data from Indian satellites for various applications like disaster management support.

The project would also benefit the other members of Association of South-East Asian nations like Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

"Modi has broken the ice on the matter and it assumes importance as this is a diplomatic project which will need another country's co-operation," the scientist said.

For any major launch, they have to seek the help of global ground stations, for which partnerships are required.

"But for launches that have a launch phase of 22 minutes or less (all our communication and remote sensing satellites), we use our own stations barring one. This station at Vietnam will enable us to be completely self-reliant for such satellites," he pointed out.

Moreover, this will enable India to lead in the region and act like a station for other smaller Asian countries for their launches.