Updated: Hungarian Astronaut: European Space Agency Signs Agreement with Hungary

  • 2 Apr 2024 5:52 AM
  • Hungary Matters
Updated: Hungarian Astronaut: European Space Agency Signs Agreement with Hungary
Hungary has signed a framework agreement with the European Space Agency (ESA) on cooperation in its national research astronaut programme, the foreign ministry’s commissioner for space science said.

“The Hungarian to Orbit (HUNOR)research astronaut programme has reached a new milestone,” Orsolya Ferencz said in a video posted on Facebook.

Under the agreement, ESA will offer support for astronaut training as well as for aerospace medicine training and ground control activities, she said.

The training of Hungarian astronauts will take place in ESA’s centres in Cologne and in the Netherlands, Ferencz added.

She said the agreement offered a unique opportunity for Hungary to be the first among the 22 member states to execute its programme as ESA’s official partner.

Hungary will send an astronaut to the ISS, with the cooperation of US-based Axiom Space, for a 30-day research mission at the end of 2024 or in early 2025.

Hunor Astronaut Candidates Complete Isolation Training

Four candidates to become astronauts in the Hungarian to Orbit (HUNOR) programme have successfully completed a six-day isolation training session, HUNOR said on Facebook on Friday.

During the training, the four candidates were placed in isolation in a 48-square-metre container with conditions similar to the International Space Station.

They had to undertake simulated tasks like the ones they would in space, such as conducting experiments, while carrying on with everyday routines.

The simulation also included emergency situations that required split-second decisions.

The candidates’ mental states and response to lack of sleep and stress situations were gauged during the training session.

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