Vietnam begins its UAV era

VietNamNet Bridge – Vietnam has announced it has succeeded in manufacturing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) which would be put into both civil and military services. The country is also seeking foreign supply sources.

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 On May 3, 2013, on the Hoa Lac flight testing site, the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology successfully organized the test flights of 3 out of the 5 manufactured UAV prototypes.

The five UAVs have been created by scientists from the academy within a program entitled “Studies and manufacture of unmanned aerial vehicles for scientific research purposes”. Dr Pham Ngoc Lang chairs the program.

These five UAVs include AV.UAV.MS1, AV.UAV.S1, AV.UAV.S2, AV.UAV.S3 and AV.UAV.S4. All of them are manufactured locally, with domestically produced materials.

According to Lang, scientists began their research in 2008 to create these prototypes.

Professor Dr. of Science Do Trung Ta, Chair of the National Committee of the Policies for Sciences and Technologies, commented that this is a very important event, which marks a milestone in Vietnam’s science research development.

He said that Vietnam, when carrying out scientific research, can take full advantage of a new comer who can utilize the most advanced technologies.

According to Dr. Lang, the most important significance of the successful testing of UAV prototypes is that it shows that Vietnam now can master the high technology in developing UAV.

Vietnam can buy UAVs from foreign sources, but only under the purely commercial contracts, without the technology transfer. This means that when troubles occur during the operation, Vietnam would have to import equipments and accessories from the supply sources and pay money to hire foreign specialists.

Also according to Lang, Vietnam now can undertake all the phases of the UAV manufacturing process, from researching, basic designing, manufacturing designing, composite materials. The parts for the automatic flight control units have been imported as separated parts, while Vietnam does not intend to use popular parts for the security reason.

The only two parts Vietnam still cannot make itself are the engine and propellers which it has to import from Japan and France.

After the successful testing flights, 6 UAVs have been used to serve the scientific research.

On May 17-19, the UAVs implemented the duties of recording, taking pictures and measuring the spectrum of the natural subjects on the earth to standardize the remote sensing data images collected from satellites. The fly zone was the Lac Duong district in Lam Dong province.

This is a very important part of the program on developing sciences and technologies to serve the socio-economic development in the Central Highlands, called the Tay Nguyen 3 Program.

Prior to that, this work was still done with manned aircrafts, each of which costs tens of thousands of dollars.

The announcement by Vietnam on successfully manufacturing UAV has caught the special attention from the world.

Xinhua News has commented that the achievement showed the great success of Vietnam  in its efforts to penetrate the international UAV market.

The Diplomat wrote that the Vietnamese military science has made a breakthrough when the smallest of the UAVs can fly at the speed of 70 kilometers per hour within a radius of 2 kilometers and the maximum height of 200 meters, while the biggest can fly at the speed of 180 kilometers per hour within a radius of 100 kilometers and the maximum height of 3,000 meters.

Unmanned aircraft flying over VN 100 km Central Marine Research

Morning 25.5, 6 unmanned aircraft by the Institute of Space Technology – HTI (Academy of Science and Technology of Vietnam) manufacturing sector has taken off at the beach Dam, Van Thanh commune, H.Van Ninh (Khanh Hoa), started flying program for marine scientific research on central coast

Attending research program scientists in Nha Trang Oceanographic Institute, Institute of Applied Research and Technology Home Page, Institute of Space Technology, Institute of Space Technology, and the deployment of high-tech Academy of Science and Technology of Vietnam (VHLKHCNVN).

 

6 unmanned aircraft in the line AV.UAV.S1, AV.UAV.S2 mounted camera, Dedicated camera and spectrometer to record reflections, photography, spectrometry and marine ecosystems and fisheries waters, continental shelf Khanh Hoa.

 

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Sometimes Nose taken from unmanned aircraft – Photo by topic group provides research

 

According to the, AV.UAV.S1 aircraft take flight itinerary recording, spectrometric imaging ecosystem, coastal fisheries, vegetation, coral area, distribution components bottoms Van Phong Bay, sea ​​surface temperature; measurements of sediment deposition in the estuary, estuaries, mangroves, erosion of coastal areas; standardized photographs from satellites ... for study program

 

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Van Phong Bay taken from unmanned aircraft

 

AV.UAV.S2 Aircraft take off flying cruise on the high seas 100 km with recording task, imaging spectrometer aquatic species on the continental shelf, coral seabed, temperature, seawater salinity, gyre, detect potential areas for fish farmers and fishermen to provide data for 2 Nha Trang Oceanographic Institute and the Institute of Applied Research and Technology Home Page.

 

According to the plan, night 25.5, team continues to test aircraft at night, continental shelf facing the central coast.

 

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Vietnam successfully tests research drones

Three unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) successfully completed trial flights for the first time at the Space Technology Institute of the Viet Nam Science and Technology Academy in Ha Noi yesterday.

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The three vehicles were among five UAVs manufactured by the institute as part of a State scientific research project.

"The successful test fights mean that the project's engineers and staff have become the first Vietnamese people to successfully research and build UAVs in Viet Nam," said the project director Pham Ngoc Lang.

"They will be used for scientific research serving socio-economic development, such as the study of desertification, the impact of climate change and deforestation in Tay Nguyen (Central Highlands)," he added.

The director confirmed that the institute would now focus activities on expanding the flying range and technology of the vehicles in preparation for mass production.

Of the three tested UAVs, the smallest (1 metre long and 1.2 metres wide) has an operation radius of 2 kilometres and can reach a height of 200 metres and a speed of 70 kilometres per hour.

The second biggest (1.8 metres long and 2.7 metres wide) can travel as far as 15 kilometres at speeds of up to 120 kilomtres per hour and heights of 3,000 metres. It can take off from a 200-metre runway or a launching platform and it can land by runway or parachute. It is capable of sending data remotely.

The largest craft (2.6 metres long and 3.2 metres wide) can fly for three hours at speeds of 150 kilometres per hour. All three are equipped with high-resolution cameras.

The UAVs are all operated using an automatic control system following programmes set on a digital map foundation.

Former Minister of Post and Telecommunications Do Trung Ta said that the successful test of the UAVs was a milestone in Viet Nam's scientific research, especially in cybernetics and information technology. 

Vietnam successfully tests first unmanned aerial vehicle

In Vietnam, scientists from the HTI Corp under the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST) successfully produced UAV. This is the result of the project on studying a group of UAV for scientific research by a staff of scientists led by Dr. Pham Ngoc Lang.

In Vietnam, scientists from the HTI Corp under the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST) successfully produced UAV. This is the result of the project on studying a group of UAV for scientific research by a staff of scientists led by Dr. Pham Ngoc Lang.
The study helped to create five UAVs with different digital parameters and functions named AV.UAV.MS1, AV.UAV.S1, AV.UAV.S2, AV.UAV.S3 and AV.UAV.S4. The biggest has an operational range of 100 kilometres, can reach a height of 300 metres and a maximum speed of 180 kilometres per hour. Its operation in the air is 6 hours and it can fly in both day and night. All these UAVs are designed and created to be operated using an automatic control system following programmes set on a digital map foundation. They are installed with cameras which can take photos in both day and night, and other special scientific equipment. Their flying range can be expanded when using navigation satellites or ground transceiver controlling stations.

The study helped to create five UAVs with different digital parameters and functions named AV.UAV.MS1, AV.UAV.S1, AV.UAV.S2, AV.UAV.S3 and AV.UAV.S4. The biggest has an operational range of 100 kilometres, can reach a height of 300 metres and a maximum speed of 180 kilometres per hour. Its operation in the air is 6 hours and it can fly in both day and night. All these UAVs are designed and created to be operated using an automatic control system following programmes set on a digital map foundation. They are installed with cameras which can take photos in both day and night, and other special scientific equipment. Their flying range can be expanded when using navigation satellites or ground transceiver controlling stations.

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Dr. Pham Ngoc Lang, project director, made a presentation about the project at the ceremony to welcome the UAV event for scientific research

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Leaders from VAST participated in the ceremony to welcome the UAV event for scientific research

On May 3rd, 2013, at the Hoa Lac air base HTI Corp under the VAST conducted successful conducted test flights for two out of five UAVs. The event drew the participation of Prof. Chau Van Minh, member of the Party Central Committee, and VAST president; leaders from the Ministry of Public Security, the Ministry of National Defence, Hanoi City People’s Committee, reporters and scientists.

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Prof. Chau Van Minh, VAST president, participated in the ceremony to welcome the UAV event for scientific research

Based on this result, the project workers will continue completing research to design and create UAV with higher specifications. These products will be used for  supervision of environmental natural resources in difficult direct approach territories; observation, communication and seashore rescue; exploration of natural resources, control of forest fire, and to follow the situation of national electricity system and transport.

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The photos of the UAV Vietnam

After five years of research and designing, Vietnamese scientists have created and successfully tested three prototypes of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), the first of its kind in Vietnam.

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The tests were conducted at the testing range of the Space Technology Institute in Hoa Lac, Hanoi on Thursday.

Three prototypes are among the five UAVs that have been created by scientists at the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, said Dr Pham Ngoc Lang, who chairs the project entitled “Studies and manufacture of unmanned aerial vehicles for scientific research purposes.” Scientists began their research in 2008 to create these prototypes and their study became one of the State-level research topics in 2011, Lang said.

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These five UAVs include AV.UAV.MS1, AV.UAV.S1, AV.UAV.S2, AV.UAV.S3 and AV.UAV.S4. All of them are manufactured locally, with domestically produced materials. With their weights ranging from 4 kg to 170 kg and their wingspans from 1.2 to 5 meters, these aircraft can take off on a runway, the top of a car, or a mobile launching platform, or by hand manipulation. They are equipped with an automated flight system – Autopilot on Board, an advanced camera system, and devices and equipment for scientific research. Of these aircraft, the smallest (4kg) can fly at 70kph within a radius of 2 km and at a maximum altitude of 200 m. Meanwhile, the biggest (170 kg) can fly at 180 kph, within a radius of 100 km and at an elevation of 3,000 meters. It can continuously fly for 6 hours in both daytime and nighttime. The flight ranges of AV.UAV.S3 and AV.UAV.S4 can be extended using guiding satellites or ground control stations. The two remaining prototypes will be tested in the near future. Currently we are ready to manufacture unmanned aircraft en masse,” Dr Lang said.

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