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Fly Your Satellite!

The 'Fly Your Satellite!' programme is an exciting initiative from the Education and Knowledge Management Office of the European Space Agency (ESA) focused on CubeSat projects run by university students. The programme is one of the several hands-on opportunities offered by ESA Education and provides experience of the full life-cycle of a space project. ESA provides the CubeSat teams with direct support from ESA technical specialists and access to state-of-the-art environmental test facilities. ESA will also procure a launch opportunity for selected CubeSat(s).


The European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe’s gateway to space. Its mission is to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world.

ESA is one of the few space agencies in the world to combine responsibility in nearly all areas of space activity: from Earth observation, space science, human spaceflight, exploration and launchers to navigation, telecommunications, technology and operations.

ESA is an international organisation with 20 Member States. By coordinating the financial and intellectual resources of its members, it can undertake programmes and activities far beyond the scope of any single European country.

ESA’s Education Programme

The purpose of the ESA Education Programme is to support Europe’s need to encourage an increasingly knowledge-based society by inspiring and motivating young people to enhance their literacy and competence in science and technology (STEM disciplines), including associated applications, and to pursue a career in these fields and in the space domain in particular. To this end, it offers a number of activities and projects for primary, secondary and tertiary (university) students and teachers to support these objectives.