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The 12th edition of the Global Innovation Competition for Earth Observation.

About the Competition

The Copernicus Masters is the global innovation competition at the forefront of Earth observation (EO) data utilization. It awards innovators fostering new solutions and concepts that showcase the benefits of the European Copernicus services to our everyday life.


Who is eligible to participate? All innovators – individuals of minimum 18 years of age, consortia or legal entities. Universities, start-ups, SMEs and bigger companies, research organisations and associates from all around the globe are invited to join. Check the eligibility criteria for each Challenge or Prize.

Why participating in the Copernicus Masters? If you have a brilliant idea on how to use Earth observation data to tackle global challenges, from pandemic outbreaks to climate change, from green energies to Big Data analytics, the Copernicus Masters is the right place for you to get support and further develop your solution. Seize this opportunity now!



When can you apply? The registration and submission phase ended on 13 July 2022. All submissions are evaluated between July and October, and the challenge finalists are named in October/November. Finally, the winners will be announced during the Space Awards in December 2022.

How do you submit your solution? Use the “Apply” page or button, fill in your details, choose the Challenge that best matches your solution, choose an additional Prize and start the experience!


Copernicus Masters 2022 Video

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Partner Challenges 2022

The Copernicus Masters Challenges offer great opportunities to solve important problems faced by business and society. Our world-class partners issue challenges in sectors like smart farming, transport & infrastructure and environmental protection.

Regional Prizes 2022

In 2022, our partners representing regions or countries offer various Regional Prizes. These additional rewards are presented to ideas and solutions from any application field that convince the regional juries most.

Timeline of the Competition 2022

Meet the Winners

Copernicus Masters Overall Winner 2021

Orbiter – An EO App for Everyone
Orbiter is an Earth visualisation app for mobile devices. Designed to be accessible to everyone, the Orbiter app provides an up-to-date representation of Earth and its processes by visualising Copernicus EO data on a responsive globe. Users can zoom in, spin the globe, or compare different time periods to find out more about our planet.

Discover all Copernicus Masters winning ideas and solutions in our Hall of Fame!


Every year with each Sentinel satellite being launched and its data becoming available, the opportunities to innovate and develop a space business are expanding. Copernicus Masters is one of the key facilities designed to ramp up the use of this growing Copernicus infrastructure and to empower researchers, start-ups and aspiring teams…
Josef Aschbacher

ESA’s Director General

The Copernicus Masters has given a significant boost to the rise of the Earth observation industry in Europe. Out of the more than 4,300 innovative ideas that have been entered since 2011, the top 100 companies have created more than 2,800 jobs and generated EUR 153 million in total turnover in 2019. In recent years, these companies have also raised around EUR 274 million in venture capital.
Thorsten Rudolph



Have any queries or require information? We are happy to help and discuss your business opportunities within the Copernicus Masters network. Thank you.

Daniela Dobreva-Nielsen, AZO

Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen (AZO)

Daniela Dobreva-Nielsen
Head of Business Development
+49 8153 29800-18

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