The foreign minister has revealed that Hungary plans to send an astronaut to space in 2024.
“The space industry is becoming one of the most important industries,” said Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, at the Space19+ European Space Agency ministerial conference in Seville.
“This will be another opportunity for Hungary to develop and push forward, focusing on the training of the second Hungarian astronaut to be sent to the International Space Station — which we consider a realistic plan for 2024 — in cooperation with Russia’s Roscosmos,” he added.
According to MTI, the minister told the conference that the second and third satellites of Hungary’s space industry will be launched from New Zealand this week, and these will initially be used for measuring electromagnetic smog in the stratosphere.
Future goals for Hungary include sending an independent satellite to orbit the Earth. Additionally, in cooperation with Russia, Hungarian scientific and measuring devices will be sent to the ISS by 2024. Also, a space weather mission is in a preparatory phase, involving building a micro-satellite fleet.
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