Boss of Swiss Space Systems in serious condition after violent attack
The head of a Vaud space technology company is in a serious condition in hospital after being beaten and burned in a forest in Aumont.
According to 24 Heures, Pascal Jaussi, founder and CEO of Payerne based Swiss Space Systems, who are developing satellite launchers from space shuttles, knew his life was under threat for his company's industrial policy.
The S3 data centre in Payerne had been broken into last year, and its computers were flooded with with a fire hose.
In the violent attack on 26 August he was strangled, beaten and doused with a flammable product by two unknown perpetrators, before being found badly burned next to his car, which was on fire in the Aumont forest.
News of the attack was not released until his condition improved.
The 40 year old was airlifted to CHUV- Lausanne University Hospital with 25% burns to his body.
The company's "Space for all" slogan sought to make space more accessible with a low cost, reusable, satellite launchers.
A S3 spokesman said; “We are devastated and shocked by what is happening. The pressure has been on us for a long time: intimidation, listening on telephone lines, espionage. This is madness, the real James Bond! "