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Hungarian satellites functioning as planned

Two Hungarian satellites launched in December are operating according to plan, the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME) said on Thursday, state news wire MTI reports.

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The ATL-1 and SMOG-P satellites were put into orbit on an Electron rocket of U.S.-based Rocket Lab on December 6. They are now traveling around the Earth at a speed of 7.2 km per second in an elliptical orbit at a height of 350 km-400 km.

The SMOG-P satellite is gauging levels of artificial electromagnetic smog in the upper atmosphere. The ATL-1 satellite is testing the quality of a special insulator designed for use in space. The ATL-1 satellite was developed by ATL Kft. in cooperation with H-ION Kft. The ATL-1 was supported by European Union and state funding.

The satellites will maintain their orbits for at least five months.