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Hungarian Nano-Satellites Travelling around Earth Functioning as Planned

MTI-Hungary Today 2020.02.20.

Two Hungarian satellites launched in December are operating according to plan, the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME) said on Thursday.

The ATL-1 and SMOG-P satellites were put into orbit on an Electron rocket of US-based Rocket Lab on December 6. They are now travelling around the Earth at a speed of 7.2 km per second in an elliptical orbit at a height of 350-400km.

The SMOG-P satellite is gauging levels of artificial electromagnetic smog in the upper atmosphere. The ATL-1 satellite is testing the quality of a special insulator designed for use in space. The ATL-1 satellite was developed by ATL Kft in cooperation with H-ION Kft. The ATL-1 was supported by European Union and state funding.

The satellites will maintain their orbits for at least five months.

In the featured photo: the SMOG satellite in its development phase. Photo by József Balaton/MTI