Vietnam alters satellite’s orbit to avoid collision

On Wednesday, Vietnam’s Academy of Science and Technology announced that it had altered the course of the country’s first earth-observing satellite, VNREDSat-1, to avoid a possible collision with a high-speed object. After receiving a warning from the US Joint Space Operations Centre (JSPOC), Vietnamese experts studied the satellite’s path and consulted their international counterparts before adjusting the device’s flight path as a preventative measure. VNREDSat-1 was originally launched from the Guiana Space Centre in French Guiana on May 7, 2014 and makes Vietnam the fifth ASEAN nation to own a remote sensing satellite. The USD$73.9 million device provides the country with high-resolution satellite images which can assist with natural resources management, environmental protection and natural disaster detection and control.