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Another small satellite developed in Hungary has launched into space

Hungarian space research is quickly catching up to international players.

The Hungarian-developed RADCUBE nano-satellite successfully launched from Kourou, French Guiana, astronomer László Kiss announced on a morning TV program.

2021 will be a successful year for Hungarian space exploration, Kiss said, adding that this is yet another nano-satellite launched into space on Tuesday morning. Built in the workshop of C3S Kft., the platform was developed in Hungary, while the payload of the nano-satellite is a scientific instrument developed at the ELKH Energy Science Research Center, which will be used to study cosmic radiation around Earth. The spacecraft took five years to develop and will be set to its final orbit on Tuesday evening, he added.

László Kiss noted that there are now three Hungarian nano-satellites orbiting in space. According to the astronomer, Hungarian space research is catching up with international players at high speed.

He also reported that a gamma-ray burst was first detected on August 7 by the Hungarian-led GRBAlpha nano-satellite launched on March 22, 2021. The astrophysical spacecraft added a CubeSat of just 10×10 ×10 centimeters, which aims to lay the foundations of a nano-satellite system, CAMELOT, to cost-effectively determine the celestial position of gamma eruptions.

The network will be implemented by 2024–2025. A spacecraft called GRBAlpha has a new type of detector that converts gamma radiation into light. 

He added that they designed and built the spacecraft with the staff of the Astronomy and Earth Sciences Research Center (CSFK) of the ELKH Konkoly Thege Miklós Astronomy Institute, the University of Hiroshima in Japan, and the Institute of Physics of the Eötvös Loránd University, together with Czech and Slovak partners.

The gamma-ray burst that flashed on August 7 was also detected by CubeSat, László Kiss said, adding that with the help of CAMELOT, gamma-ray bursts could be detected a hundred times cheaper than the  NASA satellite costing hundreds of millions of dollars.

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