Space4Impact Kick-off Event

25-26 November 2020, online. Space4Impact aims to promote New Space technologies and boost the NewSpace ecosystem for a more sustainable future. The event will gather policy makers, investors, NewSpace entrepreneurs. A pitch competition as well as B2B meetings will take place.

New Members Profiles 2020

Get to know the space actors in Switzerland ! This booklet gathers each of our members’ competences and contributions to the growth & excellence of space activities in Switzerland.

IGLUNA 2020 Virtual Field Campaign

10-19 July 2020 : The 15 IGLUNA teams will virtually demonstrate their technologies for a space habitat to sustain life in an extreme environment by remote control, together with public presentations of space experts and special guests.

Rexus-Bexus : Call for proposals now open

ESA is now accepting proposals for the next cycle of the REXUS/BEXUS programme (Rocket and Balloon Experiments for University Students). The programme offers flight opportunities on sounding rockets and stratospheric balloons for experimental payloads designed and developed by university students. Deadline : 14 October 2020.

Newsletter May 2020

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MdP 2020 – Call for Proposal

Following the past successful Mesure de Positionnement to promote Swiss competences related to space activities, the Swiss Space Office of the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI/SSO) is again initiating a Call for Proposals. [Extended] Submission Deadline: 5th of May 2020

New MOOC Session

Claude Nicollier’s MOOC “Space Mission Design and Operations” has been updated according to the space sector evolution. Next session : 11th March 2020 on EdX.

Solar Orbiter Mission

The ESA solar and heliospheric physics mission will be launched on the 8th of February at 5:15 CET. It gathers 10 instruments from all around Europe, to which several of our members such as the FHNW, Almatech SA, PMOD/WRC Davos and RUAG Space, as well as many other Swiss actors contributed.

Galileo Drawing Competition

The competition is open for primary school pupils living in Switzerland, Norway and Croatia. The winner from each country will have a Galileo satellite named after them. Submission deadline : 31. January 2020.

Igluna Field Campaign

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Save the date ! From the 17 June until the 3 July, visit the project teams in the village of Zermatt and at the Glacier Palace (Klein Matterhorn). This is the unique opportunity to discover the result of their one-year commitment to build a space habitat concept.

IGLUNA 2020 – Call for Proposals

The Call for Proposals for IGLUNA 2020 is now open. Pre-selection is open until 31 May. Submit your project and be part of the next edition of the interdisciplinary platform for future Space and Earth technologies !

Call for Ideas 2019

Call for proposals – the Call for Ideas 2019 is open from March 11th until April 8th 2019.

MdP 2018 – selection

After the review process, 10 activities were selected for funding. They start officially on November 1st 2018 and will be concluded on January 31st 2020.

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.

 

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 www.myideafor.space

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.”