Astronaut Selection 2021

For the first time in 11 years, the European Space Agency will again recruit astronauts. ESA is seeking candidates with a Master’s degree (or higher) and a minimum of three years’ experience in natural science, medicine, engineering, mathematics or computer science.

Ambassadors of humanity and pioneers of space exploration, astronauts make us dream and inspire us. Above all, they are also women and men who are motivated and passionate about space and their work. Join them!

Applications from all qualified candidates, irrespective of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, beliefs, age, or other characteristics, are welcome. ESA is also issuing a special call for candidates with physical disabilities to apply to its astronaut reserve for its parastronaut project.


Applications open 31 March 2021.


Newsletter February 2021

Astronaut Selection 2021 | IGLUNA Critical Design Review | Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover Landing. Subscribe to get our latest news!

ESA Young Graduate Trainee positions open

ESA is looking for its new Young Graduate Trainees! Vacancies are open until 1st March and are available in engineering, science, IT, natural/social science and business services.

Newsletter January 2021

Sustainable Space Logistics Symposium | Opportunities for students | CES 2021 | Subscribe to get our latest news!

The Swiss Space Center is now Space Innovation

Press release – 7.01.2021: The space domain is evolving rapidly and the need for disruptive innovation is more important than ever before. To better reflect this new reality, the Swiss Space Center has decided to strengthen the innovation focus of its activities by changing its name to “Space Innovation”. This refocus will allow to best address its members’ needs and to strengthen its collaborative potential to seize national and international opportunities.

Newsletter December 2020

Daniel Neuenschwander joins our Board of Directors | Thank you and happy new year! | Subscribe to get our latest news !

IGLUNA shooting for the Moon

Press release – 16.12.2020: Nine IGLUNA students presented the initial phase of their lunar mission “SCALE” to a team of ESA specialists involved in the preparation and assessment of the agency’s future space missions. The mission brings together three experiments developed during the 2020 edition of IGLUNA by students from the universities of Berlin, Aachen and Warsaw. Their goal? To send their experiments by 2028 to the Moon for a 14-day mission.

The IGLUNA platform embarks rovers and space exploration for its 3rd edition

Latest Press release – 24.11.2020: The IGLUNA platform embarks rovers and space exploration forits third edition. More than 200 university students from nine countries have reachedthe first milestone of IGLUNA 2021. Examined by experts frominternational space agencies and industries, they will have to consolidate their innovative space technologies until July 2021 for the test bed in Lucerne, Switzerland.