The Committee on Space Research of the Swiss Academy of Sciences coordinates and stimulates space research in Switzerland. It maintains contact with international organisations like ESA's science program and COSPAR. It produces a report every two years on space science activities in Switzerland (see publications).
Space research in Switzerland is carried out by many groups at universities, federal institutes of technology and private companies. The funding for this research comes mainly from these institutions, with additional essential contributions from the Swiss National Science Foundation and from the Federal Government.
The breadth and depth of the research carried out in Switzerland in this area cannot be summarized in a few lines. Here we just indicate the various areas of research (see publications for more details).
Different groups will also use the International Space Station (ISS) for their experiments.
All projects including the development of new technology and/or the building of space platforms and instruments involve undergraduate and graduate students and therefore contribute significantly to the formation and the next generation of scientists and engineers. Last but not least, these projects are carried out in close collaboration with industry which is an essential partner in these activities.
Activities are based on a fleet of earth observation satellites from Europe, USA, India, Canada, Japan and can be gouped in four themes: 1. basic research; 2. research activities with application potential; 3. operational applications and services; 4. instruments, data retrieval and centers of competence.