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India to set up satellite tracking center in Vietnam

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Staff writer ▼ | January 27, 2016
India will establish a satellite tracking and imagery centre in Vietnam to access data sent by its earth observatory satellites.
Science   The Indian Space Research Organisation will invest $23m
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will reportedly invest $23 million in the satellite tracking and data reception center in Ho Chi Minh city.

An Isro official was quoted by Reuters saying: "This is a sort of quid pro quo, which will enable Vietnam to receive IRS (Indian remote sensing) pictures directly, that is, without asking India.

"Obviously it will include parts of China of interest to Vietnam."

Vietnam will get access to imagery in return for the site it will offer for the centre, providing it with pictures covering China and the South China Sea.

India has 11 earth observatory satellites in orbit. Data from these satellites is used for applications, including agriculture, water resources, urban planning, rural development, mineral prospecting, environment, forestry, ocean resources and disaster management.

Though the two countries insist the imagery will be used for civilian purposes, security experts indicate military use.