Both satellites were developed and built by students and professors of the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME). While SMOG-P is sized a PocketQube (1PQ) unit, that equals 5×5×5 cm, ATL-1 is twice that size being 5 × 5 × 10 centimeters (2 PQ). In addition, SMOG-P could become a pioneer, as to this date, there haven’t been any successful satellite missions of that size. In an earlier tweet of Alba Orbital, the two Hungarian satellites on the Albapod v2’s launcher rail can easily be spotted:
SMOG-P and ATL-1 would be the second and third indigenous Hungarian satellites, after that MaSat-1, a 1U CubeSat-type satellite, also developed and built by BME, launched in February 2012. Hungary’s first satellite, having successfully completed its mission, was destroyed in January 2015 after entering the Earth’s atmosphere.
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