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The European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe's gateway to space. Its mission is to shape the development of Europe's space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world. To contribute to the success of Copernicus ESA is exploiting its 35 years of expertise in space programme development and management. While the Copernicus programme is politically led by the European Union (EU), ESA is the overall coordinator of the Copernicus Space Component and will, inter alia, ensure the uninterrupted delivery of data from the Copernicus Sentinel satellites and from an important number of Copernicus Contributing Missions at national, European and international level. Following the launch of Sentinel-1A on 4 April 2014 the Copernicus programme has entered its operational phase, serving users with an ever increasing mix of satellite imagery and other data.

The Copernicus programme, formerly known as Global Monitoring for Environment and Security - GMES, is the European Union's response to the increasing demands for accurate, reliable environmental data. Copernicus will permanently monitor and forecast the state of the Earth (land, oceans and atmosphere) at regional and global levels through the latest satellite imagery, as well as in situ sensors in air, marine and ground stations and deliver it through a set of environmental and security-related services.

The advantage of having a permanent 'eye in the sky' is of immense importance to both public and private sectors. Autonomous access to such information is becoming crucial for many EU policy areas. The data gathered from the Sentinels and the information produced by the Copernicus services will allow the creation of new business opportunities, which, in turn, will help promote jobs and growth.

The Earth Observation Center (EOC) of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) comprises the German Remote Sensing Data Center (DFD) and the Remote Sensing Technology Institute (IMF). The EOC works in all fields related to the development of algorithms and data analysis systems, as well as in the practical implementation of Earth observation applications and services - from satellite data reception and near-real-time services to disaster monitoring and environmental mapping. As such, the EOC is involved in many aspects of Copernicus's design, implementation, and operations. In determining the focal points of its research, DLR is to a large extent guided by the demand for innovative products and services developed in close cooperation with industry. It also invests in promising technologies and offers its research and development capacities to partners for their own use.

Drawing on a global infrastructure of data centres and networks, T-Systems International GmbH operates information and communication technology (ICT) systems for multinational corporations and public sector institutions. In doing so, it provides integrated solutions for the networked future of business and society. With offices in over 20 countries and global delivery capability, the Deutsche Telekom subsidiary provides support to companies in all industries. Some 50,000 T-Systems employees combine expertise with ICT innovations to add significant value to their customers' core business all over the world. The company's corporate customers unit generated revenues of around EUR 9.5 billion in fiscal year 2013.

T-Systems' goal is to help you grow and develop your business in line with your goals, even in times of changing markets and increasing competitive pressure. It sees itself as a catalyst that can help you make your business more simple and competitive based on three core values: innovation, simplicity, and competence.

T-Systems can build successful solutions for your business based on efficient, innovative technologies - and on a clear understanding of your needs. As part of its commitment to your success, it thus offers a portfolio of services that are as unique as your company.

By establishing a true partnership centred on your specific needs, T-Systems can effectively put its technologies and experience to work for you. You'll then see a significant increase in your company's efficiency, effectiveness, and competitive edge.


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 foster growth across the economy through the exploitation of space. It helps 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.

This challenge has been issued by the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) with support from the DLR Space Administration.

This challenge has been set by Astrosat in association with Teledyne Brown. Astrosat is a private sector managed Earth Observation company based in Edinburgh, Scotland that focuses on commercial development and exploitation of EO data. Our 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.

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CloudEO is a unique portal for all those who create, interpret, and use geo-data. It offers its customers a secure and highly scalable geo-infrastructure for developing, producing, and marketing geo-services. The portal also combines data, software, and processing power within a private cloud service and certified hosting environment. On CloudEO's geo-collaboration platform, content providers, software developers, service providers, and geo-data users become partners within a single ecosystem that provides affordable geo-services for commercial applications.

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At AZO, we focus on supporting company foundations and commercial applications based on space technologies and infrastructures. In support of Europe's space programmes in the fields of satellite navigation and Earth observation we organise two innovation competitions, the European Satellite Navigation Competition and Copernicus Masters, generating more than 500 new business and product innovations every year. With the ESA Business Incubation Centre (BIC) Bavaria - at our locations in Oberpfaffenhofen, Nuremberg, and Berchtesgadener Land - we have aided more than 70 start-ups in recent years, which places it among the most successful incubation programmes involving the commercial use of space technologies and infrastructures.

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