What is eSpace?

Venn diagram of eSpace rolesThe EPFL Space (eSpace) aims to establish EPFL as a center of excellence in space research.  The center follows a decentralized approach, working with the EPFL laboratories to develop state of the art space technologies.

The center also hosts scientists and engineers working on specific flight hardware project, often in the context of small satellites.  The permanent staff of the center boasts a profound technical expertise, with two senior scientists trained at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and often acting as reviewers in the space community.  The internal skillset includes system engineering, mission design, multidisciplinary project management, planetology and actuator development.

eSpace is also responsible for the Space Technology courses at EPFL, organising the Minor program in this field and providing teaching.  This is often done in collaboration with EPFL labs, which bring their own expertise to the space domain.

eSpace Roles

  • Provide a high-standard educational frame for EPFL students
  • Support multi-disciplinary learning projects
  • Act as system and mission engineer, technical lead and coordinator for multi-party flight projects
  • Help EPFL research labs participate in externally funded space projects