Slovakia has celebrated their first successful Space launch, launching a satellite skCUBE at 5.59am CET on 23rd June 2017.
The payload was on top of an Indian rocket PSLV-C38 launched from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, making Slovakia the 78th county to build and launch its own satellite, launching 60 years after the first - Sputnik
Satellite launch is the culmination of several years work of the civic association Slovak organisation for space activities (SOSA), several Slovak universities and technology companies, along with State support. The project could also succeed with the support of the state. The aim is primarily to popularise science and technology, and demonstration and test innovative technologies in space conditions. Part of the satellite is several experiments, including experiments VLF (receiver very long radio waves).
90 minutes after launch, the communications antenna became active and started to capture signals. The first Amateur/Ham Radio contact was made with Dmitrij Paškov from Moscow, ninety minutes before contact was made with a Slovakian station.
Over the following hours and days, the team focused on receiving, processing and interpretation of data from a spacecraft, taken by their own antenna systems, but also by radio amateurs around the world.
Other tests include measurement of satellite rotation and air traffic control.