Switzerland actively pursues endeavours in the space sector, focusing on:
- Development and use of space applications to improve the quality of life for citizens.
- Long-term commitment to space exploration for the progress of innovation and of the knowledge society.
- Significant scientific, technological and industrial contributions to make Switzerland a competitive, reliable and vital partner.
Switzerland furthers its national interests through selected international cooperation: mainly through participation in chosen programmes of the European Space Agency (ESA) as well as through additional European and international space cooperation. Complementary national activities are implemented for the following purposes: to ensure that the competences of the Swiss-based research structures involved in ESA-related activities are sustainable; to create conditions that enable Swiss industry to take part in calls for tender for European institutional programmes; and to help strengthen technical competencies in established scientific and technological fields.
The Swiss space policy is decided by the Federal Council on the basis of recommendations made by the Federal Commission for Space Affairs (CFAS). Efficient coordination is required to ensure cooperation between the various federal agencies involved in the design and implementation of the Swiss space policy. This is the role of the Interdepartmental Coordination Committee for Space Affairs (IKAR), which acts under a mandate from the Federal Council.