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Space4Impact launches second week of free online New Space Economy course

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By Nina Walker

Edinburgh, 13 April 2022. – Space4Impact, EPFL’s Space Center eSpace, E2MC Ventures, and Space Innovation joined forces to launch an online course on the New Space Economy. The program is available on edX as a free EPFLx course. Learners can watch more than 30 video lectures by space experts from various domains within startups, academia, the private sector, and public institutions in Switzerland.

In the second week of the course, the topic is Management of space and impact. The first lecture is by Grégoire Bourban, the newly designated head of the Swiss Space Exchange (SXS) and former deputy at EPFL’s Space Innovation who is one of the organizers of the course. He provides a comparative overview of the current satellite platforms available on the space market. Luc Piguet, CEO and Co-Founder of ClearSpace elaborates the risk of accumulating space debris in two lectures and provides several solutions to ensure the sustainability of space infrastructures. Check out his first video lecture below.

Emmanuelle David, Executive Manager of the EPFL Space Centre rounds off the sustainability in space topic by explaining how space debris is tracked and introduces international efforts, such as the Space Sustainability Rating (SSR). 

The second half of the week invites special lecturers from public institutions. In a class on Global space governance, Dr. Natália Archinard, who holds the space portfolio at the Swiss Foreign Department (FDFA), highlights the importance of peaceful utilization of space. Afterwards, Véronique Glaude, a Senior Radiocommunication Engineer at the International Telecommunication Union from the UN, describes how satellite frequencies & orbits are allocated and regulated at a national and international level.

Finally, Moritz Glatthard, Negotiator and Policy Advisor at the Swiss Economical Department (SECO), explains the trade regulations for space products, which by nature, can be used both for civilian and military applications.

If you wish to sign up to the free New Space Economy course, visit the site by clicking here.

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