Newsletter September 2021

Webinar IGLUNA “Outcome and next steps” | Space2Earth Accelerator | Save the date for our Annual Assembly | News from our members. Subscribe to get our latest news!

Start of the lecture “Space Research and Exploration” at ETH Zürich

A new lecture has started during the Autumn semester 2021 at ETH Zürich: “Space Research and Exploration”. The lecture series is hosted by Prof. Sascha P. Quanz in the presence of several renowned speakers from the space sector ready to share their knowledge and passion with the students:
– Andrea Fortier, University of Bern
– Volker Gass, EPFL
– Adrian Glauser, ETH Zürich
– Louise Harra, ETH Zürich
– Hendrik Kolvenbach, ETH Zürich
– Florian Kehl, University of Zurich / Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts / NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
– Anna Kubik, ETH Zürich
– Deborah Müller, RUAG Space
– Claude Nicollier, ESA Astronaut
– Didier Queloz, ETH Zürich
– Thomas Reiter, ESA Astronaut

More information on the lecture here.

Newsletter August 2021

ESA Learning Hub | Scientifica 2021 | Upcoming events | News from our members. Subscribe to get our latest news!

Lucerne takes a vacation on the Moon – Press Release

15 July 2021: Lucerne is hosting more than 70 international students until the 25 July to present and test innovative technologies during the IGLUNA Field Campaign. Together they sketch the future of humans in space and on Earth at the dawn of a new space age.

Newsletter June 2021

IGLUNA in Lucerne 16-25 July 2021 | ESA-Match Platform | Upcoming events | News from our members. Subscribe to get our latest news!

CAS in Systems Engineering for Smart industries

The Hochschule Luzern is currently offering a Certificate of Advance Studies (CAS) in Systems Engineering for Smart industries with the Prof. Dr. Gerhard Stefan Székely. From the 23 August 2021 to 10 June 2022. Registration deadline: 2 July 2021.

Globis Astronautenschule

New educational trail for kids accross the ETH Hönggerberg campus consisting of seven stations with interesting facts about space travel, physics and the planet Mars. Ideal for school classes and children’s events, upon registration only.

The third IGLUNA edition goes hybrid – in Lucerne and online

16-25 July 2021, Lucerne. The Field Campaign of the third edition of IGLUNA will take place this year in a hybrid way. Some student teams will travel to Switzerland and meet in Lucerne, while the others will join online from their respective countries. From 16 to 25 July, they will have the task of testing and demonstrating the technologies they developed during the 2020-2021 academic year around the theme “A space habitat with remote operations”.

Successful IGLUNA Readiness Review

The IGLUNA 2021 students have successfully completed the Readiness Review. From the 24 May to 4 June, they had to prove to their coach and experts that they were ready for the final step: the Field Campaign.

Newsletter May 2021

Join the CASSINI Hackathon! | Swiss Trainees at ESA – Webinar announcement | New opportunities

One week left to apply!

Take your chance and register to the ESA Astronaut Selection. Applications will close on the 28 May 2021.

Newsletter April 2021

Astronaut Selection 2021: Information event and Masterclass | Upcoming events. Subscribe to get our latest news!

Masterclass with Claude Nicollier

ESA Astronaut Selection 2021 – Are you a scientist, engineer or doctor with a passion for space? Prepare your application with the help of Claude Nicollier and apply for the current ESA Astronaut selection!

New Lecture “Space Research and Exploration” – ETH & UZH

In order to demonstrate the interdisciplinarity of the space research and exploration field, a new lecture series will be proposed to ETH Zürich and University of Zürich students, starting in the autumn semester 2021. The lecture will be especially relevant for third year bachelor students and master students. Coordinated by ARIS and Space Innovation. More information coming soon.

Newsletter March 2021

MOOC with Claude Nicollier | New Lecture at ETH Zürich | Upcoming events. Subscribe to get our latest news!


17-19 March 2021, online. The first European event around cybersecurity for commercial space, co-organized by CYSEC and AP-Swiss, gathering leading players to discuss challenges and solutions related to cyber risks in Space. With the participation of our colleague Julien Bonnaud, Friday 19 March, 14.00.

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.

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

IGLUNA 2021 Call | NTP Positions open at ESA | IGLUNA Virtual Field Campaign | Swiss Space Days. Subscribe to get our latest news !

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.