Vietnam gets a spaceship

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Well - not really a spaceship - but they did, after 13 unsuccessful tries, finally get a satellite into orbit - and I'm glad about that because Starz just wasn't doing it for me:

The 2.6-ton medium-sized satellite, Vinasat-1, was successfully launched to its geostationary orbit position using rocket Ariane-5in Kourou site in French Guiana at 5:16 a.m. Saturday (2016 GMT Friday).

The satellite project was first approved by the Vietnamese government in 1995, with an aim to serve increasing local demand for better communication services with lower costs.

After the approval, Vietnam had to negotiate with other countries to determine the satellite's orbital position.
Read more here.