At the EPFL Spacecraft Team, we want to stimulate the Swiss space ecosystem while training students to work on real complex projects.
We have two mains objectives:
Train the next generation of space engineer students in conductive innovative space projects.
Gather academy and industry around common projects.
Solving an existing problem
Many space players in Switzerland want to test their payload in space, however, there are only a few cheap flights available.
To meet this demand, the EPFL Spacecraft Team wants to organize periodic Swiss space missions to enable the demonstration and/or validation in orbit of scientific instruments.
Choosing a payload and going from the construction of the platform to the launch and operation of the satellite is, therefore, the challenge of the EPFL Spacecraft Team.
A unique experience
Members who join the team gain a general understanding of the organization of a space mission and meet with space industry companies in Switzerland, Europe and around the world.
This is a great way to work in an interdisciplinary project and to understand the current challenges of the space industry and scientific research in this field.
The mission includes the design, construction, testing, launch and operation of the satellites.
The association is divided into several poles. Each equally important for the success of the CHESS mission:
Power system (EPS, battery, solar panel)
Attitude and determination control system (ADCS)
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