|Mission duration||15 years|
|Launch mass||2,969 kilograms (6,546 lb)|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||15 May 2012, 22:13UTC|
|Rocket||Ariane 5ECA VA206|
|Launch site||Kourou ELA-3|
|Perigee altitude||35,782 kilometres (22,234 mi)|
|Apogee altitude||35,801 kilometres (22,246 mi)|
|Epoch||27 October 2013, 18:17:43 UTC|
Vinasat-2 is the second Vietnamese satellite to be placed in orbit. It was launched at 22:13 UTC on May 15, 2012 (5:13 am on May 16 in the Vietnam time zone) at the European Spaceport in Kourou in French Guiana in South America and entered orbit 35 minutes later. VINASAT is the national satellite program 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 will provide communication for fishermen at sea, deliver weather forecasts and ensure defence security. The satellite costs about US$280 million and weighing 3,000 kg, was constructed by US-based Lockheed Martin. It will be able to provide capacity equal to 13,000 channels of telephone/internet/data communications or 150 Television channels; greater number of sensor responses; and higher bandwidth capacity.