Airbus and HisdeSAT Search for Innovative Radar Application Ideas

Radar Constellation Challenge in Copernicus Masters Announced
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Airbus Defence and Space and HisdeSAT participate in the Copernicus Masters 2014 through the announcement of the Radar Constellation Challenge. The challenge encourages the development of innovative products and applications using high-resolution radar satellite data, specifically data of the upcoming TerraSAR-X / TanDEM-X and PAZ constellation. The winner will receive a radar satellite data package worth EUR 25,000 and operational support to advance their idea.

A New Era of Radar Constellation Services with TerraSAR-X / TanDEM-X and PAZ

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Starting in late 2014, a new constellation of SAR satellites will complement the existing missions.
The Spanish PAZ satellite (owner and operator: HisdeSAT) will join the German twins TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X in the same orbital plane. In combination with the identical imaging modes offered by all three satellites, this concept will make it possible to leverage the potential of a satellite constellation with high revisit rates. A variety of applications – including maritime surveillance, change detection, and interferometry – will profit from these enhanced capabilities in space. In addition to its SAR sensor, PAZ will carry an Automatic Identification System (AIS) receiver to track the position of offshore vessels. 

Participants - whether it be students, entrepreneurs, developers, or SMEs - are invited to submit their innovative approaches and ideas using data of the new constellation until 13 July 2013 through the Copernicus Masters website. The winner of the challenge will be selected by a jury of research and industry experts and will receive a radar satellite data package worth 25,000€ and operational support to help advance their idea.

Submit your idea now!

The ideas submitted must be truly inventive in a technical or operational manner and offer a clear benefit. We particularly encourage ideas involving maritime monitoring, security, or change detection applications. The integration of data or information from other sources, such as satellite imagery from other commercial or public sensors, for example the Sentinel fleet, will also be considered.

The European Earth Monitoring Competition

Since 2011, the annual Copernicus Masters competition is awarding prizes to innovative solutions for business and society based on Earth observation data.

With the launch of Sentinel-1A in April 2014, a new era is set to begin for applications in the entire geospatial value chain. It is the first of the new fleet of ESA Earth observation satellites, which are poised to deliver the wealth of data and imagery that are at the core of Europe's flagship programme Copernicus. The Earth monitoring competition Copernicus Masters aims to support the development of market-oriented applications based on Earth observation data. In 2014, for the first time, the Copernicus Masters is carried out worldwide.

The overall winner - the Copernicus Master - will be selected from among the winners of each challenge by a panel of experts.

All further information on the prizes, partners, and terms of participation is available at the competition website.

Airbus and HisdeSAT Search for Innovative Radar Application Ideas