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Sustainable Space Hub

Space activities are at risk. Debris are a growing threat and the environmental impacts of the space industry must be assessed more carefully. eSpace asks the question of how we can foster space activities while sustaining the use of outer space in the long term. Solutions exists and are being researched and developed.

In order to unite EPFL’s forces in the domain of sustainability in space, eSpace has recently launched the Sustainable Space Hub (SSH).  The hub is connecting individual research projects at EPFL in a workflow that rests on three intertwined pillars: measure, understand, and act for space sustainability.

latest news

Feb 20 2023

New documentary about EPFL Asclepios Mission on Swiss television

20.02.23 – A new documentary on Radiotelevisione Svizzera (RSI) that aired February 19, 2023, spent a year with the EPFL Asclepios team, learning about their mission to build a lunar base simulation in a former Swiss military base. Asclepios was created by a group of EPFL students to simulate a […]

Feb 1 2023

The EPFL Spacecraft Team is launching EPFL back into space

01.02.23 – On January 31, the EPFL Spacecraft Team’s onboard computer Bunny was launched in California, USA, hosted on a D-Orbit spacecraft as part of Starlink’s 2-6 mission. This is the first time anything made at EPFL has been launched into space since 2009. “For many, this was just another […]

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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.

Lunar Hub

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

Sustainable Space Logistics

You can see what you think: Sustainable space logistics will be the backbone of multiple large-scale applications. This initiative operates projects on this largely unexplored topic.

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

Space Community Days Switzerland 2023

Apr. 25 - 26, 2023

Challenges and opportunities in the space field.
Practical and useful information for space industries and newcomers in the domain.

EPFL Open Days 2023

Apr. 29 - 30, 2023

Aerospace Europe Conference 2023

Joint 10th EUCASS - 9th CEAS Conference

July 9-13, 2023

Call for abstracts now open!

You are invited to submit a 500-word abstract before February 1, 2023.

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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."