Since then, it has orbited the Earth more than 28,000 times. "I'm glad that VZLUSAT-1, designed as a technology platform, still works and communicates with us. It is a great success. It is the longest-serving Czech satellite," says Josef Kašpar, the Czech Aerospace Research Centre's Board Chairman and General Director.
"It is a huge achievement. Developing a satellite was a challenge. The fact that it still works today is probably the result of meticulous work and long testing of the entire system. And also a bit of luck," adds VZLÚ system engineer Vladimír Dániel.