Space to grow

We inspire students across Switzerland in hands-on space engineering challenges through collaboration with academia and industry.

ARIS – Akademische Raumfahrt Initiative Schweiz

ARIS brings together students from Swiss universities fascinated by space exploration. Formed around ETH Zurich, HSLU, and ZHAW, we engage our members in engineering challenges by integrating theory and practice. We do not only build rockets, we embrace the personal development of our members and involvement of our partners. Together, we believe, we can reach the stars.

From Switzerland to Space

ARIS was founded in August 2017 and in our young existence we launched a rocket at the Spaceport America Cup and won the Charles Hoult Award for Modeling and Simulations. We enabled a Keynote with an astronaut and the Head of the NASA Science Missions Directorate, and we inspired dozens of children with our events and provided a springboard for the careers to our members.

Why Space? A market to grow.

Space is changing: private and commercial actors impact the industry and make space more accessible, series manufacturing is being established for satellites, and more and more start-ups discover their business cases in orbit. The big agencies on the other hand go for the next leap: back to the Moon and forward to Mars – in order to stay. A perfect time to foster our base out in Switzerland and inspire the next generation to pursue their dreams!

Made in Switzerland. Meant for Space.

We combine space exploration with Swiss quality excellence and push the boundaries of what we believe is possible. In the next five years ARIS aims to win the Spaceport America Cup with a completely student developed sounding rocket, and in the next ten years to fly a system in low Earth orbit.

Form the leaders of tomorrow

ARIS is the launch vehicle that enables students to grow beyond themselves and to complement theory with practice. We form capable and resilient engineers, scientists, managers and leaders through our interdisciplinary, collaborative real-world setting. Our alumni are able to define a vision and realize it with oversight and farsightedness.

Involve the community

Space exploration and the universe are an inspiration – a symbol for growth and pushing the boundaries of the known. With our work we inspire the next generation for space and for realizing their big dreams. Through our activities, the partner network and our outreach create a bond of the third kind.

TELL ETH Zurich Rocket Project

Project HEIDI

The second project of ARIS is to design, test and manufacture a sounding rocket for the Spaceport America Cup, June 2019 in New Mexico, USA. It is the world’s largest university rocket engineering competition and the Swiss students are challenged to engineer a rocket capable of launching a 4 kg payload to a target altitude of 10,000 feet with a reusable rocket.

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Project RHEA

Under the auspices of RHEA, a hybrid rocket engine and the necessary testing infrastructure is being developed in parallel to project HEIDI. A sub-scale engine will be designed and then tested in Spring 2019, before moving to a full-scale engine that will propel ARIS’ third rocket into the skies at the Spaceport America Cup in 2020.

ARIS in numbers


Student Members

Industry Partners


Ich freue mich sehr, dass unter ARIS ein Team von Studierenden sich gefunden hat, um gemeinsam eine Raumfahrtrakete zu bauen und am internationalen Wettbewerb teilzunehmen. Dies ermöglicht Studierenden nicht nur wertvolle Erfahrungen im Ingenieurwesen zu sammeln, sondern auch zu erfahren, was es heisst im Team zu arbeiten, ein Projekt zu vermarkten und Gelder zu beschaffen. Ich wünsche von ganzem Herzen viel Erfolg!

ETH Zürich Rector
Prof. Dr. Sarah Springman

Rector of ETH Zürich

– – Ich gratuliere zur Initiative, eine Raumfahrtrakete zu bauen und sich dem Wettbewerb mit andern Teams zu stellen. ARIS bringt Studierende zusammen, um gemeinsam an einer ingenieurtechnischen Herausforderung zu arbeiten und dabei wichtige Erfahrungen im Transfer ihres Wissens in die Praxis zu sammeln.

   ETH Zurich President

Prof. Dr. Lino Guzzella

Former President of ETH Zürich

1st ARIS Annual Report

Our Academic Partners

Our Industry Partners

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