Astrium Participates in Copernicus Masters 2013

Challenge to further exploit the potential of SAR data

Astrium Services is supporting the Copernicus Masters 2013 program through the announcement of a challenge focusing on the use of high-resolution radar satellite data.  The European Earth Monitoring Competition is rewarding innovative solutions for business and society based on Earth observation data. 

Astrium's Radar Challenge

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With the Copernicus Masters 2013 Radar Challenge Astrium is encouraging the development of innovative products and applications based on TerraSAR-X ’s X-band imagery.

Thanks to its unique accuracy and data quality TerraSAR-X has already had a major impact on the development of new and enhanced SAR-applications. But there is without doubt scope for further innovations exploiting the full potential of this type of data.

The physical characteristics of the radar waves emitted by the satellites along with its independence of cloud cover and daylight make it suitable for a variety of applications such as maritime surveillance, change detection or interferometry. Astrium is therefore inviting the submission of truly innovative ideas that offer a clear benefit (e.g. for the environment, security, or specific industries…), and build on the unique features of TerraSAR-X data. They may also include the integration of data or information from additional data sources, such as satellite imagery from other commercial or public sensors, for example the Sentinel fleet.

Participants - whether it be students, entrepreneurs, developers, or SMEs - are invited to submit their innovative approaches and ideas until 15 September 2013 through the Copernicus Masters website .

The winner of the challenge will be announced in an Award Ceremony on 5 November 2013 in Munich and will receive a data package (radar and/or optical satellite data) worth EUR 25,000 and operational support to help advance their idea.

The European Earth Monitoring Competition

The Copernicus Masters competition was inaugurated in 2011 by the European Space Agency (ESA), the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, the German Aerospace Center (DLR), and T-Systems with the support of the European Commission.

The aim of this innovation competition is to seek out creative product ideas and promote the foundation of companies in Europe that tap into the potential of the European Earth observation programme Copernicus in unprecedented ways.

In this year’s edition, the partners of the Copernicus Masters – the European Space Agency (ESA), the German Aerospace Center (DLR), T-Systems International GmbH, European Space Imaging GmbH, and Astrium Services are awarding prizes in nine categories valued at a total of EUR 350,000.