Swiss Space Office (SSO)

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Hallwylstrasse 4 , Bern , Switzerland , 3003

Swiss Space Office (SSO) is the national space program of Switzerland. Located at the SSO facilities is part of the Federal Space Affairs Commission (CFAS) and a chair of the Interdepartmental Committee for Space Affairs (IKAR). Switzerland is also a member of the European Space Agency (Europäische Weltraumorganisation), providing 3.30% of the ESA budget in 2005. In addition to the SSO, there is also the SER (State Secretariat for Education and Research). The SER and SSO are public organizations of space activities in Switzerland.

Claude Nicollier is a Swiss Astronaut and has been on several missions with the United States space program in the 1990s and is also a member of the European Astronaut Corps. By 2007 he had retired from Swiss space missions to become a professor at EPFL. Switzerland's Marc Bertschi became the head of the ESA launcher program in 2007. SSO is responsible for define and implementation of space research policy, general aerospace researches, Human Spaceflight, Exploration and Microgravity research and education activities.

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