Welcome to the country page of SGAC Switzerland !
Although small in size, our country has been geographically, politically, and technologically at the centre of international cooperation on space science and technology.
In 1960, the first multilateral and intergovernmental meeting on space cooperation took place in Meyrin (Geneva). This led to the creation of the ESRO (European Space Research Organisation) in 1964, which later merged with the ELDO (European Launcher Development Organisation) to form the European Space Agency (ESA).
Switzerland’s technological sector is rife with technological and scientific contributions to space exploration: from the design of the first human-conducted experiment on the Moon with a solar sail meant to study solar wind (Apollo 11), to the use of Velcro in aerospace, or the NAGRA audio recorder.
At SGAC Switzerland, we aim to connect, inform, and inspire students and young professionals to become the next generation of space leaders while fostering networks with actors in Switzerland and worldwide.