After succeeding MASAT-1 satellite, the university research group has targeted to set up smaller devices, as never has created, nor operated the mankind any 5x5x5 cms (1PQ) satellites in the aerospace before. The ATL-1 and SMOG-P which were sent up in December, are working laudable. SMOG-P testified electro smog first, emitted by human around the Earth.
The ATL-1 and SMOG-P satellites, circulating on a ~380 km-high, polar, low-down orbital track are gathering and sending data to us. The SMOG-1 will be sent up in the space around the end of 2020. The increasing wireless communication, so to say, broadcasting by power electronics, are emitted to the air. These all have negative effects, such as polluting the air, water or the ground.
The ATL-1 satellite is a 2PQ nanosatellite construction formed to 5 x 5 x 10 centimetres. Its mission is to test a new, special insulation lap in the aerospace. It carries one reference and three insulated accumulators – near to 1 mm thick – which measures and continuously gathers, sends data to the Earth. This analysis still goes on.
The ATL-1 is the first private made satellite thanks to many years teamwork. Partially financed both by the European Union and the Hungarian State, such as ATL Ltd., besides, his strategic partner H-ION Ltd. The insulation material and its structure have been made alive by university professor Miss Dr. Katalin Sinkó after 12 years of research. The technological lead was given by Dr. András Gschwindt, partnering by Metalloexpert Ltd.
On satellite testing, the virtue of heat insulation had been obvious. Thanks to the ATL-1 success – which warrants the space certification – all inventors are focusing on future space testing in the fields of chemistry & materials science technology.
After setting up MASAT-1 satellite, the university research group has targeted to set up smaller devices, as never has created, nor operated the mankind any 5x5x5 cms (1PQ) satellites in the aerospace before. The SMOG-1 development has started first, with a device on board, to be able to testify electro smog pollution emitted by humans. The increasing wireless communication, so to say broadcasting by power electronics, are emitted to the air. These all have negative effects, such as polluting the air, water or the ground. Seeing the unknown technological challenges in the space, the SMOG-P has firstly been developed. P-precursor’s main task is now mapping the foreseen difficulties of SMOG-1 around the end of 2020. This helps the team to change anything necessary or redesign the construction of SMOG-1 so ensuring a longer life cycle, than for his precursor brother.
Self-explanatory is a fruitful co-operation between the SMOG team and ATL Ltd. since ATL was a key partner for making life and financing the MASAT-1 & SMOG programs.
The longevity of PQ satellites
Both of ATL-1 and SMOG-P satellites are working well. Due to low-down circulation, they are by-passing the Earth partly in the sunshine, partly in shadow with a speed of 7 km/s. They are gathering and sending data continuously to the ground where these data will be analysed. Life expectancy is around 6-9 months. This depends on the atmospheric braking influence, the sun activity, as well as other parameters. The flopping and wrecking are expected at the end of this period. That way no space rubbish is awaited which is a very important issue nowadays.
Such test results and possibilities due to materials science research and development with so small pocket satellite, like ATL-1 was never carried out before. Besides, the SMOG-P is a world champion, since, such a small, light and complex tasks suitable working satellite was never in the space before.
The Zeiss Sigma 300 Spectrum electron microscope will be the first among high standard devices for non-governmental uses in Hungary from mid of 2020.