Local authorities are invited to submit ideas for satellite data projects to two competitions offering cash investment and business support to develop them into commercially viable services.
Both the European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) www.ukesnc.com and the Copernicus Masters www.copernicus-masters.com are inviting local authorities to partner with them on projects to improve public services. Prizes include funding, legal and patent advice, mentoring and technical support from across the European Space sector and access to space datasets.
The ESNC is looking for ideas using satellite positioning, navigation and timing technology such as GPS. Winners are eligible for support worth £10,000, prizes of £5,000, a comprehensive business support package and the chance to win the European Grand Prize of €15,000. The competition closes on 30 June.
The annual Copernicus Masters competition meanwhile is looking for ideas in the application of satellite Earth observation imagery and data, until 13 July. Prizes include cash investment from a pool of of £220,000, with £15,000 for the overall winner.
To support applicants and provide further information, the Satellite Applications Catapult is hosting a series of workshops across the UK to discuss ideas in confidence and provide advice. The Catapult is an independent innovation and technology company that helps the economy to grow through the exploitation of space, helping organisations to use satellite technologies.