Sustainable Living Challenge by the Satellite Applications Catapult

The Sustainable Living Challenge from the Satellite Applications Catapult was looking for innovative solutions that address the key challenges faced by the growing global population.

Applicants were encouraged to explore the integration of satellite Earth observation imagery with other sources of data to create a new or improved product or service.

The judging panel was looking for ideas with commercial potential that could support agriculture, smart cities and resilient infrastructure, natural resource management from forests to water, or the sustainable use of the oceans and seas.

Prototypes were not necessary, but participants needed to demonstrate how the idea might be implemented, the data sources involved and a clear understanding of the market opportunity.


EnviroSAR© - Managing Wildfire Disturbance in Moorlands and Heathlands, submitted by Dr Gail Millin-Chalabi and Team, The University of Manchester, United Kingdom


The winning proposal will be awarded satellite Earth Observation data from the European Commission to the value of EUR 10,000 and a Catapult support package valued at 5,000, tailored to the requirements of the entrant and designed to help accelerate the idea.

The Copernicus Masters competition presents big news for its current edition: the winners of each challenge1 won't be the only participants to be awarded prizes and turn their ideas into successful applications. For the first time ever, the finalists will also greatly benefit from the participation in this competition, thanks to the new Copernicus Accelerator initiative, funded by the European Commission and organised by AZO.

Evaluation Criteria

Each application will be assessed against the following six criteria:
  • User problem: How significant is the gap in the market identified by the participant?
  • Innovation index: What is the innovation level of this idea and its development potential?
  • Technology feasibility: Is this solution possible today? Is the use of Earth observation data an integral part of the proposed solution?
  • Use of multiple data sources: Has the applicant explored using multiple data sources, for example, using more than one type of satellite or the fusing of satellite and terrestrial data?
  • Market index: What is the commercial potential of the idea (the size of the market or expected demand, chance of commercial success, investment potential, time to market)?
  • Risk index: What are the legal aspects and risks involved in this idea?


This challenge has been set by the Satellite Applications Catapult in partnership with Innovate UK and the UK Space Agency. The Catapult is an independent innovation and technology company, created to help organisations make use of and benefit from satellite technologies, and brings together multi-disciplinary teams to generate ideas and solutions in an open innovation environment. A not-for-profit company, the Catapult provides facilities, platforms and expert knowledge to enable the translation of ideas from concept to market.

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        1 Participants of the Copernicus Accelerator must be either citizens of one of the Copernicus Participating countries or have established their company in the territory of one of the participating countries.

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