Space laboratories

Dozens of laboratories at EPFL are researching technologies that are or can can be used in space.  The tables above give a non-exhaustive list of such laboratories, with some of them showcased in the brochures below.

Principal EPFL space laboratories (alphabetical)

Observing the distant universe

LASTRO is very active in extragalactic astrophysics and obervational cosmology.  A number of research topics can be directly viewed on the LASTRO webpage, including information on its involvment with the European Space Agency EUCLID mission.

Mathematical models of orbital trajectories

The MCSS lab is using advanced mathematical tools to quickly estimate orbital debris positions, including sources of uncertainty.  The better models allow a 10x increase in the number of objects that can be “tracked” in orbit.

Learning about the formation of planets

EPSL is research the composition and formation of the planetary bodies, and is interested in remote sensing of planetary bodies or shock processes in meteories.

Micropositionning of optical fibres for advanced telescopes

Through ultraprecise micro-robotics, LSRO can position thousands of optical fibres to act as receivers for ground-based optical telescopes, significantly improving imaging quality.

Mid-infrared frequency comb generation

The novel frequency combs developed by K-LAB can be used for many space applications, such as sources for Inter-satellite communications, astrophysical spectrometer calibration or as part of spectroscopy instruments.

MEMS based electrospray thrusters for small spacecraft

LMTS is developping a novel electrospray propulsion technology capable of sending small spacecraft to the Moon and beyond.

All EPFL space laboratories, by subsystem

Antennas, network solutions and methods to communicate with and operate spacecraft.

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The sensors, algorithms and actuators that allow a system to interact with and navigate through its environment.

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Metallic, polymeric and composite materials to create high reliability space structures

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Technologies for optical communication, sensing or calibration.  Microfabricated sensors and actuators for space.

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Orbit propagation and simulation of vehicle dynamics.

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Harnessing the environment: solar energy harvesting and the effects of plasmas and the space environment on spacecrafts

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Advanced robotics for orbital platforms, planetary rovers or precision mechanisms.

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Using spacecrafts for fundamental science and creating instruments for scientifc research.

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Reliable software design methods to guarantee continued operation.

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