We are happy to announce that the space mission of SMOG-P has been started today, and the satellite is fully operational deployed into orbit by the ‘Running Out Of Fingers’ launch mission of RocketLab USA. SMOG-P is the first operational PocketQube class scientific satellite of the world, setting a new record. The core team of 27G has developed numerous subsystems of the SMOG architecture, which is a space programme of TU Budapest to build a satellite in a never seen before 50x50x50 mm overall size.
SMOG-P has been launched together with the ATL-1 satellite developed by the same team to accomplish an industrial customer’s mission to test thermal insulating materials.
The majority of the experiments could already be regarded as successful, since technologically great efforts were focused to demonstrate a successful PocketQube launch. The development team confirmed the successful antenna opening and commanding of SMOG-P and ATL-1 that means the starting of the space programmes. The satellites are on a Low Earth Orbit with an initial altitude of about 400 km that will enable them to perform scientific measurements for a few months before their re-enters to Earth’s atmosphere. The team is already preparing the SMOG-1 satellite that will be launched to a higher altitude orbit that will give a longer duration for the scientific measurements.