Szilvia Vincze is one of the first applicants of Hungary’s astronaut training that will be realised between 2020-2024.
The government finances the programme – EUR 21-30 million (~HUF 7-10 billion) – thanks to which, professional training will be provided in Russia to four Hungarian astronauts.
Among them, there will be only one person – the luckiest – who can follow Bertalan Farkas’s space exploration in 1980.
Air Force pilots stand a fair chance to be among the chosen ones; however, the first potential female astronaut, Szilvia Vincze also considers herself competent for the extraordinary challenge.
According to the Hungarian news portal Bors, there are two things in Szilvia’s life, in which she is extremely interested – aviation and military. She also applied for a stewardess job opportunity. Eventually, she chose the military uniform as this was the first place who sent notice of her successful entry. Currently, she is working as a detective in a Budapest district.
She is continuously consulting with Bertalan Farkas as they know each other well and soon will test herself by medical and physical tests to make 100% sure that she can meet the requirements of the programme.
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“We moved to Dunakeszi with my family; the airport was located near to our garden, so my big dream was in our vicinity. I participated in a sailplane training in Malév club, and by the help of an instructor, I got the hang of it. I read a lot, especially about aviation. When I heard that after Bertalan Farkas, another Hungarian astronaut would have the opportunity to explore the space, I decided to apply for the programme when it is officially published. Since not only military pilots are selected, and women are not excluded, I can be the first Hungarian female astronaut!”
“I will not have problems with my physical stamina, mentally, I’m fine; the only thing I should improve is my Russian knowledge. However, I have already resolved things in my life that seemed impossible for the first time. If someone really wants something, there is no limit. Furthermore, my family also supports me. Of course, everything will gain its significance when the programme is officially advertised” – commented Szilvia.
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