Vietnam’s NanoDragon satellite yet to enter orbit as scheduled

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency has cancelled the launch of its Epsilon 5 rocket, expected to carry Vietnam’s NanoDragon satellite and eight others into the outer space, on October 1, possibly due to technical problems. JAXA said it would announce the cause of the cancellation and a new launch schedule later.



The NanoDragon, a nano-layer cubesat satellite which weighs 3,8 kilograms, was developed by the Vietnam National Space Centre.

Earlier, the satellite was delivered to Japan on August 11 and tested at the Uchinoura Space Centre in Kagoshima prefecture from August 16-17 before being officially transferred to the JAXA for launching under the second “Innovative satellite technology demonstration” programme.

The Epsilon 5 was expected to launch NanoDragon along with eight other made-in-Japan satellites from Uchinoura Space Centre in Kagoshima./.