A new spacecraft for students and lecturers of the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME), the SMOG-1 pocket satellite, is scheduled to launch on Saturday from Baikonur, Kazakhstan.
The SMOG-1 satellite is launched into space by a Soyuz-2 rocket equipped with a Frigate power stage. The launch of the Russian missile will be at 7:07 am Hungarian time. The missile will launch 38 satellites from 18 countries. The start can be followed on this page
The fourth Hungarian satellite is launched from the Italian satellite UNISAT-7. The Hungarian spacecraft is the twin sister of SMOG-P, the world’s first operating 5x5x5 centimeter (1 PocketQube) small satellite.
The primary mission of the satellite is measurable human-caused electromagnetic pollution in the Earth’s area examination of electrosmog. This is also indicated by the name of the satellite. As a secondary mission, a total ionizing dosimeter was placed on board to test the effect of the Sun’s particles on electronics. the orbital life of 18-25 years in order to minimize the time the satellite spends as space debris around the Earth after completing its active mission.
The new Hungarian satellite for the lecturers of the Budapest University of Technology and Economics with the active participation of university students, in the framework of educational tasks, with the support of sponsors. The development was coordinated by the Department of Broadband Communications and Electrical Engineering at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Informatics. Students of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering as well as external experts also took an active part in the development. The cost of the launch was provided by the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Informatics with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
The development of 1PQ small satellites called SMOG started in 2014 at the Technical University. Two flying specimens were made of them, one of which was given the take-off opportunity on 6 December 2019 as SMOG-P and it successfully completed its mission on 28 September 2020. The SMOG-1 was transported to Rome on September 6, 2020, with the help of the Hungarian Embassy in Rome, where it entered one of the 32-kilogram satellite launchers called Unisat-7. It expects the Soyuz-2 to be launched at 388 kilometers with 38 satellites from 18 countries on 20 March.
Due to the multi-stage launch process, the first signals from the SMOG-1 satellite are estimated to be in the future.
The good news is that the BUTE Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Informatics will launch a master’s degree program in space engineering in 2022, where students can prepare for the space technology challenges of the new industry of the future.
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