Be a Star in ESA’s Universe

Register now for the upcoming space career events “Be a Star in ESA’s Universe”:
– 7.11.2018 @ HES-SO Geneva
– 8.11.2018 @ ETH Zurich

We are hiring!

Space Science and Technology Advisor 80-100%

We are hiring a Space Science and Technology Advisor. You are a space enthusiast and you have an engineering degree? This is for you!

Remote Sensing 4.0 / Fernerkundung 4.0 / Télédétection 4.0

Register now for the event “Remote Sensing 4.0” taking place in Bern on September 27, 2018.

Melden Sie sich jetzt für das Event “Fernerkundung 4.0” am 27 September 2018 in Bern an.

Enregistrez maintentant pour la manifestation “télédétection 4.0” qui prendra place à Berne au 27 septembre 2018.

A plateform for extracting crucial information from satellite images

A great article of our member Picterra featured in todays EPFL News: “EPFL start-up Picterra has devised a smart system that allows users to analyze drone or satellite images of a given territory: in a few clicks, they can extract information, statistics and representations of changes that have taken place in the area.[…]”

New Working Group on Software for Satellite Operations

The objective of this new working group is to connect the Swiss academy and industrial actors and to provide a platform for promoting common projects, enabling the industrial partners to increase their competitiveness and therefore increase the impact of Swiss software contributions in the space sector.


Swiss Space Summer Camp

Apply now until June 4 for the Swiss Space Summer Camp from 26 August to 2 September 2018 at ETH Zurich in Switzerland



BMSTU Moscow Summer School

Apply now until May 15 for the BMSTU Moscow Summer School from 18 to 29 July 2018 at BMSTU in Moscow, Russia.



New job at ETH Zurich!

Electronics Engineer for Scientific Instruments in Space.

The Aerospace Electronics and Instruments Laboratory (AEIL) of the Institute of Geophysics at ETH Zurich has successfully developed the sensor electronics for ESA LISA Pathfinder mission and NASA InSight mission. AEIL will contribute the Gravitational Reference Sensor Electronics to LISA, the upcoming large ESA mission to detect gravitational waves. For this new challenging project, we are seeking a young and highly motivated Electronics Engineer for Scientific Instruments in Space.

Bring your idea to Space!

The Swiss Space Center (SSC) and the European Space Agency (ESA) have joined in partnership to prepare ESA_Lab@CH, an initiative meant to give students the opportunity to develop technologies to sustain life in extreme conditions and beyond Earth.

How to design and build a human habitat in Ice? This is the challenge posed by the Swiss Space Center, inviting all students in Europe to share, discuss, and demonstrate their ideas on this topic.

The space sector is entering a new era. Formerly accessible to only a few spacefaring nations, it is becoming an incredible ‘playground’ for many new enthusiastic actors: emerging private companies and industries, a fast growing number of countries, academies and citizens join forces and seize the new opportunities in space to create knowledge, wealth and services for humans all around the globe.

The European Space Agency (ESA) drives this development by strengthening its ties with academia and other innovation partners, fostering a constant flux of radically new ideas and disruptive, future oriented solutions for space challenges.

ESA_Lab@ is a new ESA initiative that creates an open cooperation scheme between ESA, academia and also other actors to intensify research, development, and outreach. Recognising that innovation and education drive growth, ESA_Lab@ aims to inspire the next generation of space experts who will carry on the pursuit of technological and commercial successes in space.

ESA_Lab@CH will explore a new way to set-up and implement international, collaborative student projects on visionary space topics. As a first pilot, the Swiss Space Center is preparing a project on the topic of A Human Habitat in Ice: Demonstrating key enabling technologies for life support in frozen worlds. The vision of this project that is also supported by the Swiss Space Office of the State Secretariat of Education, Research and Innovation (SERI/SSO), is to develop, together with students from all over Europe, technologies that will enable humans to live away from Earth – and live better on Earth.

In the new era of Space 4.0, space is no longer exclusively driven by experts. Space should be for everyone, and the more people think about a problem, the better the solutions become. There are many people that have unique experiences, knowledge, dreams, and competences that could benefit the way we design, fabricate and use space systems.

Students, your ideas, combined with some space expertise, will drive the future of space!

Join the discussion and the project on

MOOC 2018 – Space Mission Design and Operations

Learn the concepts used in the design of space missions, manned or unmanned, and operations, based on the professional experience of the lecturer.

This Massive Open Online Course start on March 14, 2018 – register now!


MdP 2018 – Call for Proposal

Following the past four successful editions of the MdP Calls for Proposals (Mesure de Positionnement) launched since 2010 to reinforce the technological and scientific capabilities of Swiss entities in the space sector, the Swiss Space Office of the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI/SSO) is again initiating a Call for Proposals in 2018.

Submission Deadline: 25 April 2018

International Summer School in Beijing, China

Apply now until April 23 for the International Graduate Summer School in Aeronautics and Astronautics 2018 (IGSS) from 11 – 17 July 2018 at Beihang University in Beijing, China.



Horloges spatiales à l’heure de la 3D

Les horloges atomiques destinées à l’espace peuvent désormais compter sur l’impression 3D, comme l’atteste une recherche dirigée par le Laboratoire Temps Fréquence (LTF) de l’Université de Neuchâtel. Cette technologie a permis de simplifier la fabrication et réduire le poids de cavités micro-ondes, pièces clés de ces garde-temps. Réalisé en partenariat avec l’EPFL et l’entreprise SWISSto12, le projet a bénéficié d’un soutien de CHF 250’000 du Swiss Space Office de la Confédération. Les résultats, qui ont dépassé les attentes des scientifiques, seront présentés le 13 février au Swiss Space Center de l’EPFL. […]

Launch your design to space

ESA has opened a competition for a design that will ornament the fairing of the Soyuz rocket carrying the satellite CHEOPS.

The fairing is the outer housing that protects the satellite against the extreme pressure and heat experienced as it punches through Earth’s atmosphere. Those fairings are produced in Switzerland by the company RUAG Space.

CHEOPS is an ESA satellite mission to study Exo-planets.

Further details about the competition can be found here. Competition rules and guidelines are published here.

Toute une vie avec Claude Nicollier

The RTS programme “Toute une vie” presented Claude Nicollier on January 4th 2018. “Des archives rares, des photos, des documents personnels. Le Suisse de l’Espace, Claude Nicollier parle de son ancêtre le chocolatier Cailler, de sa carrière chez Swissair, de sa vie de famille à Houston et de ses extraordinaires missions avec la navette Challenger.”




Swiss TechLadies

Swiss TechLadies is a support programme in technics and informatics. The programme consists of a online challenge for all and a mentoring programme for girls.

Women working in STEM domaine are welcome to become a mentor and to support young woman on their path to become a professional.

More information here (in german).