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Lunar Research & Technology Development

From sailing expeditions across the ocean and breathless climbs to the Earth’s apex to permanently inhabiting labs in low-Earth orbit, research and technology development allow us to pursue the most creative of our aspirations.

The greater commercialization and higher accessibility of space, the advancement of technology, the outlining of potential new markets, and the renewed interest from public entities on our neighbouring celestial body have positioned the Moon, again, at the core of global exploration and infrastructure development roadmaps.

latest news

eSpace staff and students posing with the concurrent engineering challenge certificates

May 19 2022

eSpace hosts students for Concurrent Engineering Challenge

19.05.22 - EPFL, the European Space Agency, and the University of Luxembourg, took on the challenge to design a new lunar mission in record time using an approach known as ...
satellite above earth covered with clouds

Apr 21 2022

Space Sustainability Rating to launch in June

21.04.22 - The Space Sustainability Rating will allow space operators to improve the sustainability of their missions by obtaining a rating informed by transparent, data-based assessments and actionable guidance to ...
image of earth surrounded by space debris

Apr 12 2022

International workshop to address problem of space debris

12.04.22 - A workshop at EPFL will bring together an international and interdisciplinary group of experts to find solutions to the pressing issue of space debris and safety. Taking place ...

main activities

Hands-on student projects

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

Space Sustainability Rating

eSpace has been selected as the organization taking over and putting in place the Space Sustainability Rating (SSR), a system that will evaluate the grade of sustainability of a space mission.

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!

Lunar Research & Technology Development

It's time for EPFL's first lunar payload. A new initiative aimed at responsibly exploring and sustainably expanding humanity's footprint beyond LEO

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.

upcoming events

4th Summit for Space Sustainability

June 22 - 23

The 4th Summit for Space Sustainability is a high-level, multi-day event focused on developing solutions for space sustainability, hosted by the Secure World Foundation and the UK Space Agency.


eSpace Seminar

May 25 - 17h30

From a student project to the creation of a successful start-up: Astrocast
by Fabien Jordan



June 27 - July 1

Deadline call for abstracts: January 15th, 2022
eSpace will be co-chairing the Space Sustainability & Logistics symposium.

IAC 2022

September 18-22

Deadline call for abstracts: February 28th, 2022
The International Astronautical Congress 2022 will be hosted in the beautiful city of Paris, France.

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."