Welcome to the first edition of eSpace's new quarterly newsletter, Mission Log! This newsletter will be a place for us to share our activities and events, along with interesting news from the wider field of space. We hope you enjoy reading and look forward to hearing any feedback you have.
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eSpace to Host Space Sustainability Rating
In 2021, eSpace was chosen to lead the new Space Sustainability Rating (SSR), which provides space actors with an assessment system to encourage mission designs that are compatible with sustainable and responsible operations. The SSR was created by a consortium that includes BryceTech, the European Space Agency (ESA), the Space Enabled Research Group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab, the University of Texas at Austin, and the World Economic Forum (WEF). This voluntary rating will allow operators to contribute to mitigating debris by understanding the sustainability level of their mission and receiving advice on ways to improve. The SSR will officially launch in June. 
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Project Spotlight: The Lunar Initiative
The Lunar Research & Technology Development Initiative is aimed at bridging a knowledge and technology gaps within current global plans for the effective exploration of the Moon and the sustainable use of its resources. eSpace is currently running a number of diverse projects ranging from the development of lunar surface reconnaissance technology to the understanding of major aspects affecting human operators’ performance during remotely-operated lunar prospecting missions.
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- UPCOMING EVENTS -

Space Week

March 28 - April 1: The Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences (SATW) along with its partners eSpace, Space Innovation, and Space4Impact present Space Week! This weeklong event will introduce attendees to Switzerland the space nation.
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Kinetic Space Safety Workshop

May 4-5: The Kinetic Space Safety Workshop will bring together international experts, space practitioners, and others to discuss solutions for enhancing space safety and sustainability in low Earth orbit. It will take place at EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland, and online.

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- EDUCATION -

New Space Economy Online Course

An online course from Space4Impact was launched in February and is available as a free EPFLx course, where learners can watch more than 30 video lectures by space experts from various domains. The course participants will learn about the history of space exploration with former Astronaut Claude Nicollier, follow lectures on cutting-edge space applications by professors and scientists from EPFL, ETH, and the University of Zurich, and discover new space business models with exciting Swiss space companies, like Astrocast and Clearspace.
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eSpace Seminar Series

There are two upcoming seminars in eSpace’s monthly seminar series. On April 11, Shreya Santra, Assistant Professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Tohoku University in Japan, will present “Space Robots: The Frontiers of Exploration”. Her talk will cover the various research and projects conducted in the Space Robotics Laboratory at Tohuku University and discuss her research on swarm exploration. On May 25, Fabian Jordan from Astrocast will present “From a student project to the creation of a successful start-up: Astrocast”, discussing his journey from a student at EPFL to creating a satellite and launching it into low earth orbit.
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