is the first Vietnamese
satellite to be placed in orbit. It was launched at 22:17 GMT
on 18 April 2008
, by an Ariane 5ECA
rocket from the Guiana Space Centre
. The launch was conducted by the European
is the national satellite
program of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam
. The project aims to bring independence in satellite communications for Vietnam, besides other benefits such as enhancing national security, opening new economic opportunities, etc.
Vietnam hopes for some economic benefits from the telecommunications links that the satellite will provide. It is expected that the satellite will save several million dollars per year in fees presently paid for leasing of transponders on satellites from other countries.
Originally planned for 2005, the launch of Vinasat-1 was delayed to 18 April 2008, owing to difficulties in completing the frequency coordination procedures under the Radio Regulations of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
The satellite has 12 Ku_band transponders and 8 C_band transponders.