SGAC Hungary

National Point of Contact
Lászlo Bacsárdi
Lászlo Bacsárdi
Feb 2012-Feb 2016
Dorottya Milánkovich
May 2014-May 2016
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Welcome on the Hungary page! Although Hungary is not a ‘big’ space country, about 25 scientific research institutes, companies and university departments take part in the Hungarian space activities. The oldest Hungarian civil space society was established more than 50 years ago, and gathers many people interested in space activities. Hopefully, Hungary will be a full member of the ESA (European Space Agency) in the near future. The country has signed the PECS (Plan for European Cooperating States) agreement many years ago. In June 2013, Hungary officially announced its request to join the European Space Agency (ESA). A few months later, the start of the negotiation phase was approved by the ESA council. Meanwhile, the PECS (Plan for European Cooperating States) has been extended until the date of entry into force of the Agreement of Hungary's accession to the ESA Convention but as late as 5 November 2015. The idea of the first Hungarian satellite was shared by many young people, and the first cubesat became reality and was successfully launched on 13 February 2012. Join us, and inspire the future of Hungary’s space activities together!

Young Space Activities Overview in Hungary

Although there is no aerospace engineering faculty in the country, many young people interested in space have made a great impact already on the Hungarian space activities. They took part in the European Student Earth Orbiter (ESEO) and carried out a successful experiment in the REXUS/BEXUS project (Rocket and Balloon Experiments for University Students).The first satellite of the country, the cubesat Masat-1 was constructed by students and young researchers at the Budapest University of Technology and Economy. Besides the scientific research, several highlighting lectures offer great opportunity to share the vision of young professionals. The Mars-related lectures held by the young experts of the Eötvös Loránd University are famous in the country.

Upcoming events in 2014

Hungarian dinner during the International
Astronautical Congress in Cape Town, 2011
(credit: newsportal)

Participants of the Hungarian Space Camp, 2010
(credit: Hungarian Astronautical Society)

  • Hungarian young professionals in space research (13 February, 2014): a three-hour-long technical event celebrating the second birthday of the Hungarian cubesat. Several university students and young professionals from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics presented their results on space research.
  • Yuris's Night (12 April, 2014): Join to the international event series, and spend a night with young people interested in space activities. The event will be held in Budapest, in a special place (‘ruin’ pub).
  • Space Camp for students (22-28 June, 2014): Every year, there is a space camp for secondary school students. The young professionals have a great impact on the structure and programs of the Hungarian Space Camp.
  • Hungarian Space Academy (7-10 August, 2014): Four-day-long program for university students and young professionals interested in space research. It will be held in Godollo, near to Budapest.
  • Hungarian dinner during the International Astronautical Congress (30 September, 2014): In 2014, the Hungarian Astronautical Society organises the fifth Hungarian dinner during the International Astronautical Congress, which will be held in Toronto, Canada between Sep 29-October 3, 2014. The first Hungarian dinner took place in a restaurant in Prague in 2010, and half of the participants were young professionals and students.
  • Day of the Space Research (October, 2014): One day event organized for people interested in the activities of the Hungarian space sector. The event will have a plenary session focusing on the research of Hungarian students and young professionals.

Interesting Weblinks for the Young Generation in Hungary

Participants of Space Forum for
Young Professionals 
and Students, 2009

(credit: Hungarian Space Office)
Groups, people
News of the Hungarian space research



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