Welcome to the second edition of eSpace's new quarterly newsletter, Mission Log! Read on and see what has been happening at eSpace and in the field of space research in the last few months, and what is to come! As always, we look forward to hearing any feedback you have.
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The Space Sustainability Rating is live!

The Space Sustainability Rating (SSR) celebrated its official launch in London last week at the 4th Space Sustainability Summit, hosted by the Secure World Foundation and the UK Space Agency. The launch included the presentation of the SSR’s first official rating of a mission to Stellar, a telecommunications company and founding member of the SSR, by Florian Micco, SSR Project Manager, as well as a Spotlight talk by Micco and Adrien Saada, SSR Operations Officer, explaining in detail how the SSR works to incentivise safer behaviour in space and how ratings are performed.

Radio astronomy to foster Swiss research and industry
At the House of Switzerland at the World Economic Forum in Davos on 25 May, key players involved in getting Switzerland on board of the Square Kilometre Array Observatory (SKAO) including eSpace Academic Director Jan-Paul Kneib and EPFL President Martin Vetterli came together to discuss Switzerland’s participation in the Observatory, and what it means for Switzerland and for SKAO.
eSpace hosts students for Concurrent Engineering Challenge

From April 4-8, an interdisciplinary group of EPFL students took part in the annual Concurrent Engineering Challenge. This is a week-long event organized by the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Education Office and Systems and Concurrent Engineering Section intended to teach graduate students the principles of concurrent design for space missions and to support the development of new concurrent design facilities throughout Europe. Guided mainly by eSpace engineer Mathieu Udriot and guest researcher Denis Galagan, the team of students spent an average of ten hours per day at eSpace’s redesigned Concurrent Design Facility (CDF). The objective: to craft, in less than a week, a new mission aimed at prospecting the poles of the Moon from orbit using bi-static reflectometry.

First Kinetic Space Safety Workshop held at EPFL in May

The first Low Earth Orbit Kinetic Space Safety Workshop, organised by ClearSpace, AXA XL Insurance, LeoLabs, and eSpace and the International Risk Governance Center (IRGC) at EPFL was held last month at the SwissTech Conference Center in Lausanne. The two-day workshop brought together space actors and stakeholders from academia, companies like Amazon, SpaceX, and Iridium, and governments from Europe, the United States, and Asia.



June 27 - July 1:  This year, Mathieu Udriot and Jean-Paul Kneib are attending EUCASS from eSpace, along with Martine Hammel from Space Innovation. Udriot presented a paper he wrote with Anne-Marlène Rüede and Emmanuelle David about the Research Initiative on Sustainable Space Logistics (RISSL) as part of the Sustainable Space: Logistics and Space Debris (SUSTSP) mini-symposium.

73rd International Astronautical Congress 2022

September 18-22: The International Astronautical Congress 2022 will be hosted in the beautiful city of Paris, France at the Paris Convention Center. The Hosting Organization is the Centre National d’Études Spatiales (CNES), a member of IAF since 1981.

EPFL Xplore Unveiling 2022

On 23 May, almost a year after the release of its first rover, the EPFL Xplore project announced the unveiling of its second planetary vehicle. EPFL Xplore is a student association from EPFL whose aim is to develop rovers to participate in Mars Society competitions in Poland and in the United States. The project is divided in 3 main branches: Communication, Engineering and Finance. Each of these main fields rely on the passion of involved students from various sections of the school. 

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