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Space simulator blasts off

BEFORE they are launched into space, satellite devices can now be tested in Košice.

The Institute of Experimental Physics at the Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAV) in Košice has started running a space simulator that will test satellite devices before they are launched.

"Developing experimental techniques for space exploration is among our institute's key activities," institute head Karel Kudela told the TASR newswire on July 31.

Until now, all scientific equipment due to be launched into space had to be tested in laboratories abroad, he said.

The SPACEVAC simulator was built by a Czech firm called Vakuum based on a study by scientist and space applications designer Ján Baláž.

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