Hungarian nanosat launched

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A Hungarian nanosatellite built in the workshop of Hungary's C3S KFT and outfitted with instruments developed by the Centre for Energy Research of the Eötvös Loránd Research Network (ELKH) has been launched from the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana, astronomer László Kiss said on public television on Tuesday.

The nanosat will monitor cosmic radiation, Kiss told news channel M1.

He noted that RADCUBE is the third Hungarian nanosat in orbit, a sign of the rapid pace with which Hungarian space research is raising its international profile.

One of those nanosats, the CubeSat GRBAlpha, launched in March, detected a gamma-ray burst for the first time on August 7, Kiss said. The burst was also detected by NASA's Swift satellite, which cost hundreds of millions of dollars to build, he added.

A constellation of nanosats that monitor gamma-ray bursts could become a reality by 2024-2025, offering a far cheaper solution to detecting such phenomena, he said.

"2021 will be a successful year for Hungarian space research," he added.

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