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Mission type Technology
Operator Technical University of Budapest
COSPAR ID 2012-006E
SATCAT № 38081
Mission duration 3 months
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft type 1U CubeSat
Launch mass 1 kilogram (2.2 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date 13 February 2012, 10:00:00 (2012-02-13UTC10Z) UTC[1]
Rocket Vega VV01
Launch site Kourou ELA-1
Contractor Arianespace
End of mission
Last contact 9 January 2015, 21:21:43 (2015-01-09UTC21:21:44Z) [2]
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Low Earth
Perigee 302 kilometres (188 mi)
Apogee 1,071 kilometres (665 mi)
Inclination 69.47 degrees
Period 98.35 minutes
Epoch 9 November 2013, 01:42:56 UTC[3]

MaSat-1 (from the words Magyar and Satellite, the first meaning "Hungarian" in Hungarian, maszat, pronounced IPA [ˈmɒsɒt], meaning "smudge") is the first indigenous Hungarian satellite, developed and built by students at the Technical University of Budapest. The 1U CubeSat-type satellite was launched into low Earth orbit on 13 February 2012. The satellite provides telemetric data as well as VGA resolution color images at the 70 cm amateur radio wavelength (437.345 MHz frequency) received at the tracking center at Budapest. The center was tested on 31 March 2009 with the help of Charles Simonyi on board the International Space Station. With the successful launch of MaSat-1, Hungary became the 47th nation to orbit a satellite.[4] Between 9 and 10 January 2015, the satellite reentered into the atmosphere, so the mission is closed.[5]


Only weeks following its launch, after the first high-quality images were available was it revealed to the public that a camera was on board.

The satellite's antenna is made of a 16-centimeter-long stretch of a metal measuring tape.[6]

Technical specifications

  • Satellite class: 1U CubeSat
  • Dimensions: 10 cm × 10 cm ×10 cm
  • Mass: 1 kg
  • Propulsion: no
  • Expected life: minimum 3 months
  • Input power: 1.2 – 2.2 W
  • Communication type: Half-duplex
  • Frequency: 437,345 MHz
  • Data rate: 625 or 1250 bps
  • Modulation: 2-GFSK
  • Transmission power: 100/400 mW
  • Telemetry protocol: modified ESA PUS v1
  • Callsign: HA5MASAT
  • Digital camera: VGA sensor, 640×480 pixels


See also


  1. McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch Log". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 9 November 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Nem küld több jelet a Masat-1
  3. Peat, Chris (9 November 2013). "MaSat-1 - Orbit". Heavens Above. Retrieved 9 November 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. As of 25 November 2012, MaSat-1 remains in orbit.
  5. Nem küld több jelet a Masat-1
  6. "Na, melyik a legmenőbb CubeSat a házban?". Knights of Cydonia Region. Retrieved 15 March 2012. External link in |publisher= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Source: (Hungarian)