Success Stories



Got your own Copernicus Masters success story that you want to share with us?

Simply write up a short overview about how your business took off after participating in the Copernicus Masters. Make sure to include the year and Challenge in which you participated and provide an illustrative picture as well as an external link, e.g. to your homepage. Thanks. Please send your personal success story to: team@copernicus-masters.com



27 October 2014 | BMW ConnectedDrive Challenge 2013

The revolution on our roads

Navigation systems generally get us from A to B without difficulty. They are not always accurate to the metre, but are nevertheless very reliable. Yet with more and more autonomous vehicles expected on our roads in the not-too-distant future, soon every centimetre will count. To solve this problem, Hartmut Runge and his team from the German Aerospace Center (DLR) have developed the DriveMark technology. In the following interview, he explains how DriveMark has revolutionised digital maps ...


28 July 2014 | ESA App Challenge 2011

Monitoring Water Quality Down Under

Former Copernicus Masters competition winner EOMAP has launched a new web-based application that provides daily maps of Australia's coastal water quality.

The free app, called eoApp Australia, enables anyone with a web browser to view various water quality parameters in two important areas of Australia: Abbot Point with an adjoining section of the Great Barrier Reef, as well as Barrow Island with the nearby Ningaloo Reef. The data products include maps of turbidity - cloudiness caused by particles in the water - and visibility. These are important parameters for monitoring sediment plumes from dredging and dumping activities, as well as land run-off. "Anyone can access the eoApp and look at the data online," explained Karin Schenk, head of EOMAP's Water Quality Group ...



13 May 2014 | GEO Illustration Challenge 2013

My Trip to Kourou

When gazing down at the coastline of French Guiana just before your plane touches down, it can be hard to believe that your destination is home to one of the most modern space launch centres in the world. During last year's Copernicus Masters competition, I submitted an entry to the GEO Illustration Challenge "Traces of Humankind". I was fortunate enough to be awarded first prize: a trip to French Guiana to witness the launch of a rocket ...




08 May 2014 | ESA App Challenge 2013

Interview with Valentijn Venus, Ujuizi Laboratories






03 April 2014 | T-Systems Cloud Computing Challenge 2011

It's here: UrtheCast's first release of Earth imagery, from space.

This is one of the moments that we’ve been waiting for — the release of these two images marks only the first of millions. Soon, we’ll bring you a virtually endless stream of unprecedented Earth imagery, captured from the International Space Station (ISS). Captured on March 28, 2014, at 1pm GMT by our medium-resolution camera, Theia, the scrolling image above is centered around the city of Moneague, Jamaica. At approximately 3200 x 8000 pixels, the photo covers about 300 square kilometers of terrain and gives us a remarkable glimpse at what’s to come from this powerful perspective on planet Earth. In our second image below, you’ll see an impressive 3000 x 5000 pixel view of the urban area surrounding Santa Cruz de Mara, Venezuela. Covering approximately 260 square kilometres, this image was also captured by Theia on March 28, 2014 ...



04 March 2014 | European Space Imaging High-Res Challenge 2013

CAMEA - Certification of Agronomy for Marketing Environment-Friendly Agriculture

Györk Fülöp, landscape planner and geo-data expert from Hungary, has come up with an idea called Certification of Agronomy for Marketing Environment-Friendly Agriculture (CAMEA). His idea focuses on adding value to environmentally friendly agronomic activities producing crops with a smaller ecological footprint and certifying this activity. The technical basis of his concept is centred on the synergies between Copernicus datasets and WorldView-2 satellite images for crop monitoring. The Copernicus programme of the European Commission, jointly implemented by the European Satellite Agency (ESA) and the European Union (EU), has a mandate to provide management of environmental monitoring and to ensure civilian security through Earth-observation technology ...



18 February 2014 | T-Systems Cloud Computing Challenge 2013

High resolution, digital bathymetry now available off-the-shelf

Industry leading aquatic earth observation company EOMAP has launched an off-the-shelf bathymetry product line which will transform the uptake and uses of digital bathymetry data. This world first service makes high-resolution, satellite-derived bathymetry available through online portals and its business partners ...



18 February 2014 | Ideas Challenge 2013

BlackBridge and RSS-Remote Sensing Solutions Collaborate with GIZ Germany to Strengthen REDD+ MRV Capabilities in Ethiopia

BlackBridge, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and Remote Sensing Solutions (RSS) have signed a 2-year agreement to strengthen earth observation capabilities at Ethiopian national institutions, through the develoPPP.de program, initiated by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The purpose of this initiative is to support the implementation of a cost-effective, reliable, and transparent REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) MRV (Measurement, Reporting, and Verification) system in the country ...



19 December 2013 | European Space Imaging High-Res Challenge and Copernicus Master 2012

Launch of "serious" online game 'Cerberus' to help relief in the Philippines

Hans van 't Woud is the developer of this online game incorporating very high-resolution satellite imagery which won the Copernicus Masters and the European Space Imaging High-Res Challenge in 2012. After one year of research and development he is launching his project and inviting people to participate in his online game and help identify areas affected by the typhoon on Bantayan Island ...



19 December 2013 | T-Systems Cloud Computing Challenge 2011

UrtheCast Liftoff

UrtheCast Corp. is very pleased to announce that its two earth imaging cameras have been successfully installed on the Russian segment of the International Space Station (ISS). Contrary to the online broadcast of the installation, the telemetry was received by Mission Control Central nearMoscow. During the installation, we were able to complete all of the intended tests during the spacewalk. At this time, all telemetry received and analyzed is within our expected results ...



05 November 2013 | ESA App Challenge 2012

GEO-Pictures

Since last year, this crowd-sourcing app has undergone a technical evolution. The new version recently released for Android, iphone, and Windows phone was designed for broad use at the major TRIpLEX exercise, which involves 300 participants from worldwide organisations in the field of humanitarian aid. The system has been sold to Indonesia’s civilnprotection authorities, as well. Meanwhile, the team has prototyped a tablet version that also integrates EO delivery and developed version tailored for use with UAvs. Its members are following the plans they laid last year – opening an office in Barcelona, for example, where their apps are being adapted further to specific market segments. Finally, the ASIGN system and app have also found a new, award-winning commercial market in the insurance business ...



15 July 2013 | DLR Environmental Challenge 2012

ThermCERT spun out into an independent company

Since winning the DLR Environmental Challenge 2012 ThermCERT has been spun out into an independent company based in Latvia where not only has the space segment development been advanced but has been complimented by the addition of smart-grid sensors. The ThermCERT objective is to introduce a reliable and cost effective thermal auditing and evaluation system for wide areas of urban and non-urban environments for such end users including local/national governments, NGOs, business/enterprise and other such carbon market actors/customers ...



15 July 2013 | Ideas Challenge and Copernicus Master 2011

TerraSAR-X support to DeforestAction in Borneo

In the presented pilot of Earthwatchers concept near real-time access to EO data was secured through TerraSAR-X ortho-rectified imagery and automatically generated change information. Knowledge and results are shared by collaborating in a social media environment ...