Astrium Radar Challenge

Is your innovative product or application idea based on radar satellite data - specifically, TerraSAR-X X-band data? Then enter this year's new Astrium Radar Challenge and seize your chance to win radar and/or optical data worth EUR 25,000 and operational support to advance your idea. To find out more about the challenge; the prize sponsor, Astrium GEO-Information Services; and related news, simply read on!
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Astrium GEO-Information Services encourages the development of innovative products and applications using radar satellite data, specifically TerraSAR-X X-band data. 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. Astrium is therefore inviting the submission of truly inventive ideas that offer a clear benefit (e.g. to the environment, matters of 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. You can download TerraSAR-X sample data here.

The winner will receive a data package (radar and/or optical satellite data) worth EUR 25,000 and operational support to help advance their idea.

Please note that in order to determine the winner of the Astrium Radar Challenge, finalists may be asked to participate in an interview (in person or by telephone/video conference) during the week of 24-28 September.

To submit your business idea, please visit before 16 September 2012.


In September 2011, Astrium Services signed a three-year contract with the European Space Agency (ESA) involving the delivery of satellite images under the terms of the European GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment & Security) programme. This arrangement, initially worth EUR 17 million, is being funded by the European Commission.
The contract covers the provision of optical data from the SPOT 4/5 and FORMOSAT-2 satellites and radar images from the TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X satellites, plus additional data from the Pléiades constellation and the upcoming SPOT 6/7 satellites. This data will help improve the quality of the geo-information services with which Europe's governments aim to implement their environmental and crisis-management policies. The data and services will be available to all public users at the European, national, and regional levels… read more.


TerraSAR-X is celebrating its five years in space - a span that was also the originally planned nominal lifetime of the satellite. TerraSAR-X nevertheless remains in brilliant condition as it continues to deliver data products reliably and with unique accuracy and precision. The satellite is now expected to keep operating for at least another two or three years…

Read the whole success story of TerraSAR-X here.


22 to 27 July IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium - Remote Sensing for a Dynamic Earth
Munich, Germany
30 July to 10 August Earth Observation Summer School on Earth System Monitoring & Modeling
Frascati, Italy
10 to 12 September ESA Investment Readiness Programme
Harwell, UK
11 to 16 September ILA Berlin Air Show
Berlin, Germany
24 to 28 September Evaluation meeting of Astrium Radar Challenge -
Finalists will be contacted via email/phone
24 to 29 September 20 Years of Progress in Radar Altimetry
Venice, Italy
9 to 11 October Intergeo
Hanover, Germany
16 October 2nd edition of the FP7 Space Conference
Larnaca, Cyprus
16 October ESA Investment Forum
Toulouse, France
25 October GMES Masters Awards Ceremony
Munich, Germany

The GMES Masters is an initiative of the European Space Agency (ESA), the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, the German Aerospace Center (DLR), and T-Systems and is supported by the European Union, European Space Imaging GmbH, and Astrium Services.

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