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Sustainable Space Logistics

The space industry is going through a massive transformation, as launching is becoming more common and affordable.
Time for sustainable thinking?

Space Sustainability Rating

Encouraging better behaviour by scoring future space missions. Hosted by eSpace in early 2022.

EPFL Minor in Space Technologies

If you are an EPFL student looking to expand your knowledge on space technologies and applications, this is how you get on board.

Hands-on student projects

What makes studying at EPFL so motivating is that students can really apply their knowledge on actual projects!

Success story: ClearSpace

Discover how EPFL's research project CleanSpace One was selected by ESA to remove space debris and became the ClearSpace start-up!

Latest News

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“A universal definition of space sustainability is hard to find”

28 June 2021

25.06.21 – Under a new rating system, it will soon be possible to assess the social, economic and environmental impact […]

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eSpace to operate the Sustainable Space Rating by 2022

17 June 2021

17.06.21 – The World Economic Forum announces that the EPFL Space Center (eSpace) has been chosen to lead the Sustainable […]

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EPFL works to address debris collision risk

19 May 2021

19.05.21 – Space debris threatens human safety in space and puts at risk critical space-based infrastructure that supports services such […]

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Upcoming Events

#wetechtogether Conference 2021

October 1-2, 2021

eSpace's Executive manager Emmanuelle David will be giving a talk on "Trends in Space Technologies: Sustainable Space Logistics"


July 3-8, 2022

eSpace will be co-chairing the Space Sustainability & Logistics symposium.

Key Areas

eSpace is inspiring the next generation of researchers with student space technology courses and hands-on projects

Taking an interdisciplinary approach, eSpace hosts a team of talented scientists and engineers with a broad range of expertise, focusing on the most important issues for space technology today

EPFL fosters the creation and growth of high profile and innovative space technology initiatives with industry, international space agencies, and academic institutions


  • "The EPFL Minor in Space offers its participants a comprehensive programme in space science and engineering. The taught skills are essential for a successful career in the space sector."

  • "The EPFL Space Center (eSpace) is the cradle of space activities within EPFL – From a passion for space to success stories like SwissCube, Astrocast, ClearSpace, and more to come!"

  • "My student project on SwissCube was the starting point of my career in space, and now at Astrocast eSpace is well represented among the engineers."

  • "As an EPFL student, I had the chance to work on SwissCube, the first Swiss satellite, which is still in operation. Obviously, everything never went as planned and it allowed me to put what I was learning into practice, solving real problems that are usually not detailed in books. This experience allows me to tackle, with a good state of mind, some technical difficulties related to my daily work in the startup Astrocast, which I co-founded."

  • "The EPFL Space Center allowed me discover outer space. Their passion led me to learn how to deal with and work in this tough but interesting environment. Today I love my job more than ever whilst tackling ever changing challenges at Astrocast."

  • "My time at eSpace was a unique experience and a great moment of teamwork as we went through a most interesting transition period. Meeting people, challenges and, above all, inspiring conversations!"

  • "eSpace is the heart of the EPFL Space Family! They are passionate and are willing to support anyone with interest and motivation towards the space field. Thanks to them, I have been able to launch Space@yourService and the Asclepios mission."

  • "The EPFL Space Center is at the heart of the education of EPFL students. This motivated and competent team offers great help and advice in supporting student projects such as the Rocket Team. They allow students to work on actual technical projects, essential for their education."

  • “The EPFL space center gave me the opportunity to set foot in the space industry and has given me all the support that I needed to thrive in this completely new environment. This has allowed me to learn in all kind of areas from systems engineering to project management. Overall my time with eSpace has been the most instructive experience of my studies.“

  • “Without the constant support of the EPFL Space Center and the sharing of their expertise, the student-led space mission CHESS would have never started. This project reflects their dynamic and entrepreneurial spirit. I cannot be grateful enough for what they taught me, and I look forward to continuing to learn with them in the near future.”

  • "Learning from eSpace was a unique opportunity. In addition to all the technical skills acquired throughout this minor, I have learned the engineering approach used in the space industry to build complex systems. Such methods can then be applied to other fields of engineering and this is priceless."

  • "eSpace is made up of passionate professionals and a close-knit team. Our interactions and their support have enabled the Rocket Team to surpass itself and obtain the technical excellence award for our rocket in 2018 at the Spaceport America Cup, the world's largest intercollegiate rocket engineering competition. Since then, they inspire us and help us grow."