Disaster Management Challenge by Astrosat 2017


Astrosat has created and deployed “RAPID”, the Recovery and Protection in Disaster system, a single data point designed to meet the needs of first responders and others who have a demand for situational awareness/intelligence in critical situations. The Challenge was looking for a new application, that can be added into the RAPID platform (as a 3rd party application). It should make use of Copernicus data, potentially merged with other data sources e.g. non-ESA satellite data, commercial satellite data or in-situ information, to create outputs that offer significant benefits to the teams dealing with disaster response at all levels.

The application could be focused on specific types of disaster scenarios (e.g. flooding, earthquake, man-made disasters, and so on) or could made suitable to address a range of different scenarios. Likewise, the application could be designed to tackle issues in specific regions, or can be designed to address scenarios that happen across the globe.

The key attributes of your application were required to be either new or better than the current state of the art. The data would need to be ingested, processed and presented in a manner that provides real, beneficial and timely support to the response teams, from senior coordinators down to the people on the ground who are dealing with the situation hands-on.

Submission was possible from 1 April to 30 June 2017, all completed proposals are undergoing evaluation at the moment.



DANTE – Digital Alarm Network and Tracking Equipment for forest fire detection, submitted by Luis Crespo and Team, AD Telecom, Spain

PRIZE 2017

  • Support package prize (worth EUR 8,000) including business & technical assistance to help bringing your product closer to market.
  • Integration of your application into the Astrosat’s RAPID demonstrator. Showcase it to existing and potential new, RAPID customers (part of the RAPID-in-a-Box booth at worldwide exhibitions).
  • Substantial satellite data quota worth EUR 5,000 (financial support by EC).
  • Access to the Copernicus Accelerator programme (if eligible)
  • Ticket to the next satellite launch in Kourou


Entrants shall be evaluated by senior members from the Astrosat RAPID team and other appointed experts. The evaluation criteria will be as follows:

  • Novelty/improvement on state of the art
  • Accuracy/effectiveness of the processed data
  • Ease of use of the application
  • Benefits to end users


Astrosat is a private sector, commercial, satellite applications company based in Edinburgh, Scotland. Astrosat’s clients are spread internationally from South East Asia to Central America and consume products as diverse as deforestation monitoring to energy efficiency in the urban environment as well as disaster response management.