Disaster Management Challenge

Astrosat is looking for new solutions that use Copernicus data to provide fast and useful support to first responders in critical situations. Solutions must have the potential to be added to Astrosat’s RAPID platform as a 3rd party application. In addition to Copernicus data, participants are encouraged to integrate other sources of data into their solutions. For example, In-situ data, other satellite data or sociodemographic information, has the potential to increase the benefits and value of Copernicus data to first responders and should be considered by participants.

Solutions can focus on one specific type of disaster (e.g. flooding, earthquake, man-made disasters, etc) or can address multiple types of disasters. Likewise, solutions can be designed to support teams in specific regions or can look to support teams in disasters that occur across the globe. Of interest to Astrosat this year is ways of tackling the compound effects of natural disasters but remember, there is no limit to the ways which applicants could address disaster management, the more innovative and novel – the better!



How to Participate


  • Business and technical support worth EUR 8,000 to take the solution to market.
  • Integration into Astrosat’s RAPID demonstrator, including showcasing the solution to existing and potential RAPID customers at worldwide exhibitions.
  • Substantial satellite data quota worth EUR 5,000 (financial support by EC)
  • Access to the Copernicus Accelerator programme (if eligible)


Entrants will be evaluated by senior members from the Astrosat RAPID team and other appointed experts. Each submission to Astrosat’s Disaster Management Challenge will be evaluated against the following criteria:

  • Innovation: Do the key attributes of the solution present a new or novel approach to disaster management?
  • Accuracy: Do the solution’s data processing capabilities provide reliable and efficient support to first responders?
  • Customer Experience: Taking the different user groups into consideration, how easy is it the solution to use? (User groups range from senior coordinators, down to first responders on the ground)
  • Value: Does the solution gather, process and present the data in a way that provides useful and timely support to first responders?


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.