After the successful launch of SpaceX's Falcon-9 rocket on June 12, the newest Hungarian pico-satellite for educational purposes entered orbit on June 23. After the correction of the trajectory data and the inspection of the on-board systems, the very small space vehicle was already broadcasting accurate experimental and measurement data within a few days.
The 5×5×15 cm3 satellite was designed and built by the BME Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Informatics (VIK) Department of Broadband Communications and Electrical Science in cooperation with the University Radio Club (MRC) for its 100th anniversary.
The main goal of the mission is to study and map electrosmog created by human activity in near-Earth space. Several universities, such as the University of Debrecen, the University of Szeged and István Széchenyi University of Győr, have also been given the opportunity to place a scientific experiment on the pico satellite.
The staff of the Department of Physics, Faculty of Science and Technology of UD have created and placed a device for monitoring the radiation environment in space on board the MRC-100, based on semiconductor FLASH memory, based on errors in the stored data caused by radiation.
The experimental data will be processed in the framework of student projects in electrical engineering and physics at the University of Debrecen. The experience gained during the project significantly help to build new competencies in the field of space research in the Faculty of Science and Technology.