in focus
The Copernicus Masters has become more successful than ever before
This year's edition welcomed 144 submissions from 23 European countries, representing a 30% increase over 2012. "These figures reflect the Copernicus programme's increasing importance as an engine of the European economy," affirms Jean-Jacques Dordain. "The business ideas submitted have tremendous potential to be developed to market maturity at one of ESA's Business Incubation Centres." ... [MORE]

BMW ConnectedDrive Challenge and Overall Winner:

Landmark Navigation with Radar Fix Points from Satellites
The idea is for a new vehicle navigation system that works independently of GNSS. It will navigate by landmarks that are easily visible from the vehicle, whose positions will be derived precisely from radar remote-sensing satellites ... [MORE]

Winner: Hartmut Runge, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Germany

© Hartmut Runge
Ideas Challenge:

EyeOnMalaria: Africa-wide Monitoring of Environmental Suitability for Malaria Transmission
EyeOnMalaria aims to provide maps of environments' aptitude for malaria transmission, which will directly support targeted malaria control at the necessary times and locations while raising public awareness of the malaria season ... [MORE]

Winner: Dr Jonas Franke and Team, RSS Remote Sensing Solutions GmbH, Germany

© RSS Remote Sensing Solutions GmbH
ESA App Challenge:

Cheetah - Taking on a Billion-dollar Problem in Africa
33 % of global food production is lost post-harvest. Cheetah provides a novel approach in combining crowdsourcing with Earth observation data to secure the global food security issue with particular focus on the production and transportation of crops in Africa ... [MORE]

Winners: Alain van Hanegem, Decos Information Solutions B.V.
Alexander Popp, Technical University of Munich
Stephen Trainor, Crookneck Consulting LLC
Valentijn Venus, University of Twente

© Cheetah
DLR Environmental Challenge:

Urban Analyser: Your City Development Tool
The proposed service would offer fresh and accurate high-resolution information about urban area growth based on Sentinel-1 data, which will aid in planning policies for environmental protection and infrastructure development ... [MORE]

Winners: Kaupo Voormansik and Team, University of Tartu, Estonia

© Kaupo Voormansik
T-Systems Cloud Computing Challenge:

Operational Satellite-Derived Bathymetry Service
This service is a novel satellite-based approach for mapping global bathymetry for optical shallow waters. It uses a Cloud-based infrastructure to map bathymetric data operationally with a method that processes repeated satellite recordings and mitigates shortcomings faced in turbid coastal areas ... [MORE]

Winners: Dr Thomas Heege and Team , EOMAP GmbH & Co. KG, Germany

© EOMAP GmbH & Co. KG
European Space Imaging High-Res Challenge:

CAMEA - Certification of Agronomy for Marketing Environmentally Friendly Agriculture
The CAMEA project aims to set up a certification service for environmentally friendly agronomic activities that produce crops with a smaller ecological footprint. The label and the agronomic quality it represents will be monitored with with radar and very high resolution optical satellite imagery ... [MORE]

Winner: Györk Fülöp, Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary

© Györk Fülöp
Astrium Radar Challenge:

WaveCERT - Wave + Current Energy Reporting Tool WaveCERT extends Astrosat's existing "CERT Suite" of renewable, low-carbon, space-driven technologies to support this valuable source of renewable energy. The system provides vital remote (space-based) modeling, allowing for prediction, monitoring, and surveying of tidal and wave potential anywhere in the world ... [MORE]

Winners: Steve Lee and Team, Stevenson Astrosat Ltd, UK

© Stevenson Astrosat Ltd
Winning Service, Best Service Challenge:

HAB Forecast - Harmful Algal Bloom Forecast
The project hosts a monitoring service that provides a weekly regional alert on Harmful Algal Bloom via a web-published bulletin. The service is designed to combine all of the available information from: Earth (in-situ monitoring stations), Space (satellite data), and In-silico (biological and physical oceanic models) sources ... [MORE]

Winner: Julie Maguire, Daithi O'Murchu Marine Research Station, Ireland

© Asimuth
Winning Entry, GEO Illustration Challenge:

Aqua Alta - Artistic Illustration of Human's Footprint on Earth Based on Satellite Images
In its Illustration Challenge "Traces of Humankind" GEO magazine was looking for illustrations that accentuate humankind's footprint on our blue planet by applying graphical and artistic techniques to satellite imagery. The winning illustration shows a satellite image of Venice in the form of a human footprint. It is named after the recurring floods in Venice. ... [MORE]

Winner: Alexander Popp, Student, Germany

© European Space Imaging/Digital Globe, Alexander Popp
in this issue

Landmark Navigation
Urban Analyser
Operational Satellite-Derived Bathymetry Service
Aqua Alta
number of the month

EUR 350,000

The total value of prizes awarded to this year's Copernicus Masters winners
Source: AZO
dates and events

5 to 7 November
Meet the winners at European Space Solutions 2013, Munich, Germany

5 to 10 November
European Space Expo, Munich, Germany


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