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Copernicus Frontier Tech Challenge

Frontier technology solutions for Digital Copernicus

The Challenge

ESA seeks entries that can demonstrate state-of-the-art technologies in EO, such as artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, DLT/blockchain, AR/VR/XR, mobile technology, Cybersec and Future of Cloud (hybrid/edge computing, confidential computing, and federated/decentralised computing) for Digital Copernicus. These enable the development of new products and services and address opportunities resulting from the European digital transformation.

Rewards 2022

Cash Prize
The winner will receive a cash prize worth EUR 10,000.
Get a chance to get on board with ESA PhiLab activity (PhiLab Explore and Incubed).

Additional Reward for the Overall Winner 2022

Cash Prize

EUR 10,000 if your concept gets selected as Copernicus Masters 2022 Overall Winner

Evaluation Criteria

Successful applicants will have identified a promising (possibly not fully developed) frontier technology to be applied to new or yet-to-be-developed products or applications using Copernicus data, or have developed a unique value proposition of frontier technology for Copernicus but not yet created a market-ready product.


Necessary teamwork and skill set and their credibility in selected frontier technology domains. Team composition and demonstrated technical competence balance of EO and other tech domains to achieve desired innovation impact.

Solution Description

Clarity and applicability of the solution to the specific problem to be solved. Relevant market analysis.

Technical Feasibility

Is the solution technically sound and implementable at scale? Is the engineering approach credible?

Digital Copernicus

Potential of the solution to advance Digital Copernicus agenda in upstream, midstream or downstream segment (convergence of EO and other emerging digital technology domains). Successful identification of appropriate research questions, technology development directions and challenges, anticipated R&D steps and results. Ability to open growth opportunities in new domains and market potential.

Frontier Technology Innovation

Relevance and use of frontier technologies. Potential to deliver "breakthrough" innovation introducing new technologies. Potential to improve current products or services. Specific relevance to new technology trends, new user needs or behaviours, while leveraging new business models.

About the European Space Agency (ESA)

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 an important number of Copernicus Contributing Missions at a 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.


European Space Agency (ESA)

Anna Burzykowska
Copernicus Officer
+39 06 941 88 378

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