Hungary has become a new member of ESA Technology Transfer Network in December 6, 2016 and we are the 4. country in ESA National Technology Transfer Initiatives (NTTI) network. The hungarian Technology Transfer Office is located at MTA Wigner Research Centre for Physics, in Budapest, this is one of the fifteen Research Centres under Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
The objective of the NTTI Hungary is to strengthen the competitiveness of the Hungarian space industry by supporting and facilitating the transfer of space technologies to non-space markets (includes downstream space applications). To accomplish the main technical objectives, MTA Winger RCP has appointed a team of experienced professionals who are fully committed and devoted to the successful implementation of the “Technology Transfer Initiative” in Budapest. Wigner RCP is an active and reputable member of the Hungarian Space and Aeronautical society.
The mission of the MTA Wigner RCP is to perform basic research in the fields of particle and nuclear physics, plasma physics, space science and technology, solid state physics, neutron physics, optics and information technology. MTA Wigner RCP aims to increase its activities on knowledge and technology transfer and to apply the collected results in other fields of physics, engineering and industry. In the followings, we provide a short description on our R&D and technology transfer activity.
The MTA Wigner Research Centre for Physics was founded on 1 January 2012 by the merging of two former research institutes of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences: the Research Institute for Particle and Nuclear Physics, and the Research Institute for Solid State Physics and Optics. In our Research Centre, there are 40 research groups. Their research interests cover diverse topics ranging from particle physics to space physics, and from theoretical physics to applied research.
MTA Wigner RCP is also involved in many international space missions.
The Department of Space Physics and Space Technology has a wide range of expertise in space physics including the solar wind plasma and its interaction with magnetic planets (magnetosphere of the Earth, Jupiter, and Saturn) as well and non-magnetic bodies (comets, Venus, and Mars). We have been involved in numerous space missions of Intercosmos, the European Space Agency (ESA), the National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA), and the Russian Space Agency including VEGA, Phobos, Ulysses, SOHO, Cluster, Cassini, STEREO, and Venus Express with evaluating and interpreting the data obtained by plasma, energetic particle, and magnetic field instruments.
We have a long experience in developing, manufacturing , and testing electronic devices for onboard instruments of space missions. They cover a wide range of technical tasks from the production of high reliability, radiation resistant and failure tolerant space electronic devices and high precision mechanics as well. These devices are unique instruments produced in small quantities. The engineers at the MTA Wigner RPC are experienced in the development of fault tolerant data acquisition and control systems, as well in the development of electrical ground support equipment. RMKI has participated in several successful instrument developments (e.g. VEGA, Phobos, Cassini Cluster, and Rosetta space probes). All these instrument involve several innovative features.
Our facilities are capable of environmental testing of space research instruments such as vibration and thermal vacuum tests which fulfil the requirements of ESA, NASA and Russian Space Agency as well. The scientists and engineers of the MTA Wigner RPC have a wide range of experience in international cooperation work.
The guiding principle is to participate in different phases of the missions (planning, operation, data analysis) to ensure a relatively homogeneous science and technology output. We have established strong ling with the Hungarian space industry, especially with the SGF Ltd which is a spin-off company of MTA Wigner RCP. In general, we participate together with this company in space missions to exploit the extended knowledge.
Turning to technology transfer, MTA Wigner RCP’s recent innovation activity has included collaboration with well-established domestic and international technology transfer organizations (such as CERN KTN, etc) in the fields of high energy physics. Based on our experience of the last few years, the NTTI Hungary’s success hinges on two key factors: The country’s economy and the government’s attitude towards R&D technology commercialization. Propitiously, the government’s attitude is very promising; our efforts receive strong support from the Hungarian government.