India will construct a centre satellite data in Ho Chi Minh City and a data reception and transmission facility in the city’s outskirts, this source said.
India will shoulder all the construction costs and operational budget over the initial five years, which are estimated to total about USD 22 million.
According to the ministry officials, the construction of the center is scheduled to start between April and June, 2016 and it will be jointly operated by India and ASEAN nations.
The station will provide Southeast ASEAN countries with data obtained by Indian Earth observation satellites. India has an advanced space program and has undertaken the launch of 57 satellites from 20 countries. It successfully launched its first Mars probe in 2014. (VNA)