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Student projects rescheduled and redesigned

11.06.20 – Students taking part in EPFL’s interdisciplinary projects have had to work from home to limit the spread of COVID-19. Despite this challenge, they remain optimistic. EPFL’s interdisciplinary projects give students from a variety of fields an opportunity to collaborate on real-world problem-solving. This year, project coordinators have been […]

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EPFL joins the giant radio telescope SKA for the Swiss community

20.04.20 – The Square Kilometre Array, or SKA, will be the biggest radio telescope ever built. Thanks to this ambitious tool, some of the universe’s greatest mysteries will be resolved. EPFL became a member of the SKA Organisation (SKAO) beginning of April 2020 and will coordinate the contributions to this […]

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A Swiss satellite seeking out distant planets

18.12.19 – The CHEOPS satellite was put into orbit on Wednesday, a day later than planned, from the European spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. The telescope, which will hunt for new exoplanets, is the result of six years of collaboration between the University of Bern and the University of Geneva, […]

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EPFL startup heads a mission to clean up space

13.12.19 – ClearSpace, a spin-off of EPFL’s Space Center (eSpace), has been selected to lead a major European Space Agency (ESA) space debris de-orbiting project with a total budget topping €100 million. The startup and its consortium will develop and fly the first-ever mission to capture and remove a disused […]

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SwissnexDay’19 to focus on Space Technology for a sustainable future

27.11.19 – Switzerland is a recognised space nation and has been a crucial partner in European and global space adventures since their beginnings: It contributed to all Apollo missions, pioneered the field of exoplanet research, and is a founding member of the European Space Agency (ESA). The swissnex Network is […]

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Taking sustainability into space

04.10.19 – Things are changing in outer space: it is filling with debris, attracting private companies, and raising new technological challenges. To keep pace with this mercurial environment, the EPFL’s Space Center (eSpace) is changing its focus to logistics. Here, we round up the center’s initiatives as World Space Week […]

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ClearSpace, a public interest undertaking for our cognosphere *

14.06.19 – ClearSpace, a Swiss start-up**, spin-off of the EPFL Space Center (eSpace), wants to clean up nearby Space (Low Earth Orbit), which is starting to be seriously cluttered with old, broken satellites and debris of all kinds. It’s a real challenge but ClearSpace could take it up. It is […]

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Recognising Sustainable Behaviour

08.05.19 – Solving the growing problem of space debris will require everyone who flies rockets and satellites to adhere to sustainable practices, which doesn’t always happen. Now there will be a way to recognise those who do.   We increasingly rely on satellites for every-day activities like navigation, weather forecasting […]

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Luc Piguet showing the capture system

How a startup plans to clean up space

05.04.19 – Engineers working on the CleanSpace One project at EPFL’s Space Center have come up with a way of capturing and destroying the space debris that has built up over 60 years of low-orbit activities. That team has now founded a startup, ClearSpace, to further develop and market the […]

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Tough Love

14.02.19 – This Valentine’s Day, look to the skies at night and you’ll see stars twinkling, a glistening Moon and perhaps even an orbiting science lab passing by, the International Space Station. What you can’t see is the thousands of bits of space debris that circle our planet – remnants […]

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