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Jun 02, 2020

Hungary to send astronaut to the ISS

The foreign minister has confirmed that Hungary will continue to work toward sending an astronaut to the International Space Station (ISS).

 

The foreign minister has confirmed that Hungary will continue to work toward sending an astronaut to the International Space Station (ISS).

Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, joined a videoconference of ministers in charge of space affairs. The meeting was organized by the Council of the European Union and focused on the role of space research and space-based services in offsetting the crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

According to MTI, Minister Szijjártó noted that this year marks the 40th anniversary of the first Hungarian astronaut’s mission in space. He added that Bertalan Farkas, who spent over eight days in space in May and June 1980, is now a special advisor to the foreign ministry.

Minister Szijjártó said the Hungarian government has drafted a national space strategy, with a primary aim to increase the role of Hungarian companies in the sector. The government also decided to launch a long-term research project aiming to send a Hungarian astronaut to the International Space Station by the middle of the decade, he added.

The minister said Hungary has also doubled its contribution to European Space Agency. Hungarian scientists are currently working on three major projects. Two aim to send research satellites into space and a third is developing onboard tools, potentially for the ISS, he said.