As part of our educational mandate, eSpace supports a number of student associations acknowledged by EPFL and projects that offer a hands-on and challenging experience of space-related technology and applications.
Through these associations, eSpace students have access to many interdisciplinary EPFL projects, known as MAKE projects. Note that not all associations are MAKE projects.
Because a solid background in a core discipline is not enough, students are asked to develop other abilities they will need in their professional future. MAKE projects offer an opportunity to gain a first hands-on experience on a real-world project, developing skills such as team-work and project management, collaborating with peers from different sectors. It is an important step in their improving journey to educational excellence in the space community.
EPFL Rocket Team
Founded in October 2016, the EPFL Rocket Team brings together motivated and passionate aerospace enthusiasts. Following the desire of many students from different engineering faculties to put into practice their accumulated knowledge, this interdisciplinary student initiative was born. The team has more than 80 active members, all driven by the same goal: to win a student rocket engineering competition.
EPFL Spacecraft Team
The EPFL Spacecraft Team is a newly born association for motivated students who want to be part of ambitious space projects. The objective is to perform scientific research with student-made satellites. Our first mission called CHESS involves EPFL, HES-Luzern, HES-SO and the University of Bern. Together we design, build and will operate a constellation of satellites that will orbit the Earth to acquire data based on the payload we’re going to install. Launch planed in 2022!
Space Situational Awarness
The Space Situational Awarness team is a newly created EPFL project whose goal is to make a live catalog of every object orbiting earth, thus reducing the future risks of unplanned collisions. With the help different images from optical telescopes, we train algorithms and neural networks to extract the orbits of the satellite and debris. Our motivated team is now looking forward to build our own telescope!
Space @ Your Service
Space@yourService (S@yS) is an EPFL association, whose main goal is to promote and popularize space sciences (astronomy, astrophysics and space engineering) among the general public and EPFL students. They organize events open to everybody and accessible to anyone, such as the Astronomy on Tap in local bars in Lausanne. They are also the owners of a SciComm mobile escape room and the organizers of the space analog mission and MAKE project Asclepios.
EPFL Xplore is a new interdisciplinary project with students from various backgrounds that aims to build a Mars Rover from scratch. The team aims to participate in the European Rover Challenge that takes place in September 2021. The Rover will namely be able to navigate autonomously over challenging terrains and make in-situ life detection on a soil sample it will collect.
Callista’s objectives are to promote interest in astronomy at the university sites of EPFL and UNIL by several means. On the other hand, for more motivated people, the possibility of studying certain subjects in depth in the framework of presentations and scientific projects intended for members of the club, or the possibility of making more specific astronomical observations.