Axiom Space and the Hungarian government sign a memorandum of understanding to expand their relationship in space

Axiom Space and the Hungarian Government’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to deepen their existing relationship in the field of human spaceflight and advance space research and technology development opportunities, reports.

The main objective of the new agreement is to advance the Hungarian In-Orbit Program (HUNOR), the Hungarian astronaut program, which aims to send a Hungarian astronaut to the International Space Station (ISS).

The first agreement, signed in December 2021, recognizes both the importance the company plays in helping to define the future of human spaceflight, notably through the future Axiom station, as well as the capabilities and space heritage of the Hungarian space sector.

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“As we enter this new era of commercial spaceflight, it is vital that the U.S. space industry continue to forge relationships with nations committed to collaborating in microgravity research and bringing those benefits back to people on Earth. The United States has a long history of international cooperation in space, bringing countries together with the goal of benefiting all humans, everywhere,” said Michael Suffredini, President and CEO of Axiom Space.

This second agreement between Hungary and Axiom Space builds on efforts to cultivate a robust space economy by engaging government and industry partnerships. Such collaborations have the power to transform what was once only imaginable,”

said Suffredini. “We look forward to expanding our relationship with Hungary to include new initiatives in the areas of human spaceflight, science and STEM.”

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Under the current agreement, signed on July 20, 2022 in Washington, DC, Axiom and Hungary will collaborate to enable scientific research and technology demonstrations in microgravity, develop manufacturing capabilities in space, and inspire the next generation. of a strong and capable STEM. Workforce.

This partnership with Axiom Space is a significant investment that will provide opportunities to conduct microgravity research, strengthen Hungary’s astronaut program, and enhance Hungary’s work to advance space research and technology development.

“Together, we are convinced that the space industry will play a crucial role in the development of our economy and we are both committed to investing in this high-tech and knowledge-based sector. The adoption of the first Hungarian government space strategy which was established last year signifies our commitment to expand our involvement and presence in space,” said Péter Szijjártó, Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade.


Featured Image: Axiom Space President and CEO Michael Suffredini and Péter Szijjártó shake hands. Photo via Facebook by Péter Szijjártó page

Laura T. Thrasher