On January 16, 2020, the European Space Agency’s Business Incubator Centre Hungary (ESA BIC Hungary), together with the Gábor Dénes-Awards Club and InnoStudio, held it’s year launch event.

At the event, Orsolya Ferencz, the minister responsible for space, talked about the government doubling its support for space. She said the reason for the increase in resources is the global appreciation of the area because global problems cannot be solved without the use of space. She also said that there was a reason for cooperation with Russian Federal Space Agency, because “At the moment, only Russia can and will deploy astronauts on the International Space Station internationally,” she said in his opening speech.

Orsolya Ferencz while giving her speech

Zsuzsanna Tandi, Head of the Business Incubation Centre Hungary also spoke to the Euronews about the potential of the project:

“Of course, the primary research tasks of this astronaut will be given by Hungarian companies, Hungarian ideas, and it is our job, specifically, that when he comes back, we will spread these technologies extensively to other industrial sectors” Tandi Zsuzsanna said.

Zsuzsanna Tandi also said that everything in space should be perfect, which has a very positive effect on innovation. And a lot of improvements over time will leak into everyday life, such as using a simple smart watch that used to be space technology. With space travel, Hungarian companies have a greater opportunity to engage in this global technology flow.

Zsuzsanna Tandi, head of the ESA NTTI and BIC Hungary

István Szabó, Vice President for Science and International Affairs at the National Office for Research emphasized the importance he attaches to the development and utilization of space technologies and expressed his satisfaction with the ESA National Technology Transfer Initiatives (ESA NTTI) and the ESA Business Incubation Centre (ESA BIC Hungary).

Dr. József Péter Lévai, Director General of the Wigner Physical Research Center, said in his speech that ESA NTTI and BIC are successfully operating in Hungary and he is supporting the continued operation of the organization. He also emphasized in his speech that bringing space technologies to the Earth and utilizing them here is extremely important, as it creates opportunities to improve the life on Earth to a level we cannot imagine right now. He said the supported technology transfer and startup projects are a valuable and necessary part of exploiting these opportunities.

Dr. József Péter Lévai, Director General of the Wigner Physical Research Center

In his speech, Dr. Ferenc Darvas, a chemical engineer, researcher, inventor, candidate and club president, introduced the Gábor Dénes Award Winners Club, which now has more than 230 members. He said the club’s management often organizes lectures for club members and those interested. He also said that it was important for the club to extend its activities to strengthening the weak points of Hungarian society.

Dr. Ferenc Darvas – Club president of the Gábor Dénes Award Winners Club

Bertalan Farkas, the first Hungarian astronaut have participated at the event. He said his offspring would be able to research at the International Space Station for 3-6 months, but that would require him to develop a timeless scientific program – just as he did in his case.

Bertalan Farkas, the first Hungarian Astronaut

Several press bodies participated at the event. Among other things, an article about the event was published on page 3 of the 17.01.2020 copy of the printed paper of Világgazdaság.

Some another photos from the event:

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