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Exclusive event by maxon

By 8 décembre 2023janvier 17th, 2024Events

On January 18th, 2024

We are delighted to offer our ecosystem an exclusive networking event on the theme of space.

And where else would be a better place than to be welcomed by maxon in Sachseln, who opens its doors to us for an exceptional visit.

Program of the day


09h30 Welcome coffee at maxon Auditorium

10h00 Opening with Daniel Von Wyl, Managing Director maxon motor AG, Olivier Chappuis, Innovation Lab Manager at maxon and Joëlle Tosetti, Program Manager MT Booster

10h15 Presentation from Robin Phillips, Head of maxon SpaceLab : « Applying industrial standard development techniques to modified COTS motors for use in space – an example based on the Ingenuity swashplate motors »

10h45 Presentation from Renato Krpoun, Head Swiss Space Office – Head of Delegation to ESA : Evolution of the Swiss space ecosystem in a European and global context

11h15 Coffee break

11h30 News from the industry : presentations from

  • Fabrice Rottmeier, Technical & Commercial Director at Almatech: « Innovation in compliant mechanisms » & « From Space back to Earth« 
  • Dr. Peter Guggenbach, Chief Growth Officer at Swissto12 : « SWISSto12 as pioneer of next-generation communication for small geostationary satellites« 
  • Aziz Belkhiria, CEO at Dphi space : « Optimal Platforms to Democratize Access to Space« 

Noon & Afternoon

12h30 Lunch at maxon

13h30 Visit of maxon

15h00 End of the event

Presentation of the speakers

Renato Krpoun heads the Swiss Space Office at the Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI). Mr. Krpoun is currently the Chair of ESA council at delegate level. Before joining the Swiss Space Office, he held several positions in industry and academia dealing with space activities. He has lived and worked in Switzerland, the U.S. and Brazil.

Fabrice Rottmeier, a veteran in aerospace with 20+ years, heads Almatech as Technical & Commercial Director. His prior roles at RUAG Space Switzerland and APCO Technologies SA showcased his broad expertise in space tech developments from bioscience payloads on ISS to commercial products on the world market. Fabrice’s career reflects strong leadership and technical prowess in advancing aerospace innovation.

Dr. Peter Guggenbach is Chief Growth Officer of SWISSto12. Previously he was CEO of RUAG Space and before he held a variety of management positions at ABB, most recently as head of the local Automation Products division. He is member of numbers boards, has a master and his thesis from ETH, and Executive MBA from IMD. He is former air force pilot and member of the Swiss Army Space Force.

Aziz Belkhiria is a co-founder of DPhi Space, a startup developing space access solutions. He holds a degree from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology EPFL in Robotics and Space Technologies. At EPFL, Aziz led the Spacecraft Team through launching a payload to orbit marking EPFL’s renewed participation in space activities. His work at DPhi is focused on adapting Earth-based technologies for space, aiming to expand our reach beyond Earth’s boundaries.

Logistical informations


January 18th, 2024


maxon international ltd.
Hauptsitz Schweiz
Brünigstrasse 220
6072 Sachseln


A parking is available on site

Arriving in public transports

The regional train S5 stops at station Ewil Maxon

Conditions of entry

This event is limited to 30 people. Registrations will be processed in the order in which they are received. Registration is possible until 17.01.2024.