The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), the space agency of the Indian government, headquartered in the city of Bengaluru - India, is setting up a satellite tracking and data reception station with $23 million of investment in Vietnam.
The center and facility are being developed as part of space cooperation between India and the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN). The project of building a satellite tracking and data processing station is aimed at acquiring and collecting relevant data from Indian remote sensing satellites and allowing all ASEAN countries to access the data pertaining to their country.
New Delhi is conducting a survey on locations for building the station. Ho Chi Minh City, Binh Duong and Dong Nai are on the list of recommended locations. In the future, the station located in Vietnam in combination with two stations also developed by India in Indonesia and Brunei will be expected to cover the entire Southeast Asian region for tracking and collecting data from Indian observation satellites as well as carrying out surveillance of natural resource and environment.
As planned by ISRO, the station construction and installation of facilities will be conducted within 24 months. India will pay for the expenses related to operating the station for the first 5 years and remote sensing images obtained by the station will be transmitted to ASEAN countries without any charges for 5 years.
Vietnam expects to learn a lot about remote sensing technology and advanced equipment from India through the project which will open a new industry of aeronautics and space in the country. In addition, the move will deepen ties between India and Vietnam in fostering surveillance and reconnaissance for military purposes.