EPFL hosted the Swiss Space Industry Days on 15-16 June 2017



On 15-16 June 2017, the EPFL (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne) was hosting the Swiss Space Industry Days.

Organized by the Swiss Space Office in the beautiful Swiss Tech Convention Center on the EPFL campus in Lausanne, it aimed at providing up-to-date information to current and potential stakeholders on the various European institutional programs as well as serving as a platform to exchange experiences on the fast changing space landscape having an impact on business and cooperation models, industrial processes, standards and technologies.

The event included presentations from institutional actors, such as ESA and the European Commission, Large System Integrators (Airbus Defense and Space, Thales Alenia Space and OHB) as well as smaller companies, active in new product niches and emerging space markets.

As a special guest, Robert Boehme, CEO of PTScientists presented “Mission to the Moon”. The Berlin-based new-space company PTScientists, in cooperation with their technology partner Audi, aims at driving a pair of Audi lunar quattro rovers on the surface of the Moon, and re-visit the last lunar place that humans set foot on during the Apollo 17 mission, 45 years ago.

A panel discussion on the theme of « The responses of industries to the changing business environment » involved the participation of Franco Ongaro (Director D/TEC, ESA), Eric Morel (Director D/IPL, ESA), Leonardo Mazzini (TASI CTO and PP TAS responsible), Aude Pugin (CEO, APCO Technologies), Stefano Vaccaro (CEO, Viasat Switzerland), Holger Wentscher (Senior Vice President, RUAG Space Switzerland. The event was moderated by Johann Richard (Programme Manager Technology, Telecommunication, and Navigation, Swiss Space Office SSO).

Both days concluded with bilateral meetings fostering collaboration between the participants.

All presentations are available here.