Speaking at the opening of the 33rd Congress of the International Astronautical Association in Budapest, the Minister of State for Security Policy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade said that the government considers space research programs a key area of economic and technological growth. Peter Starey put it this way: The government has recognized the global importance of a high degree of focus on the commercial opportunities inherent in the space sector.
He stressed that the first space strategy of the Hungarian government was published this year, the aim of which is to highlight the strengths and challenges faced by the sector and formulate priority projects.
He described human spaceflight as a key priority area of the strategy. He stressed that the government is committed to sending a research astronaut to the International Space Station to conduct galactic scientific experiments and validate instruments in microgravity.
He added that the traditional cooperation with the Russian Space Agency goes back to the Intercosmos program, and Hungary has already concluded nine bilateral agreements with other countries, from Brazil to Israel, and from Singapore to Turkey.
Oleg Kotov, president of the association, said that due to the coronavirus epidemic, the event will be held in a hybrid format, partly online. Their goal is to convey their experience, which I would like to inspire young people and researchers in Hungary for space research.
The future galactic astronaut will be selected next year, after which the physical preparation and scientific training will take place – reported MTI.
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