Airbuss & sobloo

Airbus sobloo Multi-Data Challenge

Airbus Defence and Space together with sobloo are looking for solutions that use both Copernicus and Airbus Earth observation (EO) data to deliver new services and/or applications that provide insight and have impact on areas like Natural Resources Consumption, Agriculture, Forestry, Maritime, Defence & Security and Smart Cities.


Stay tuned! One of these finalists will become the Airbus sobloo Multi-Data Challenge winner!

Immosensing – Space-based solutions for the housing market
Buying a property is one of the biggest investments one makes in life, yet more information can be found on our daily online purchases than on the housing markets where we live. Finding a place to live involves considering different offers – not only in terms of price and location, but also the availability of green spaces, the presence of pollutants, and many other factors. Aggregating all this information can be tedious because it is not readily available and realtors who do have it might not be willing to share it. Offering this unstructured data in a structured way will give customers access to a host of information that is otherwise often difficult to find, including on noise pollution, structural defects, evapotranspiration, heat islands, and social congestion. This option will help address the information disadvantage people typically face in the real estate market when looking for homes while also encouraging sellers to improve their service in terms of advertisement quality and transparency.

Victor Pajuelo Madrigal

Lumikko: Flood Monitoring and Prediction
The Lumikko platform delivers specific and unique information on the risk of flooding. It performs its risk assessments using internally developed models which analyse historical data and satellite images together. The service utilises Copernicus data and can be used for monitoring potentially endangered areas. Moreover, it will also provide customers with quantified risk assessment maps. Lumikko offers improved risk assessments because, in addition to historical data, it takes into account the current trends in climate change and the impact of recent human activities.

Paul van der Rijt

HAToM: A Deep-Tech Urban-Rural Computing Tool
HAToM is a disruptive geospatial data visualisation platform that translates geospatial data and complex graphics into a universal “visual” language that everybody can understand, regardless of their specialisation.
The core innovation behind this platform is the ability to blend different technologies and types of data from different sources and project 2D and 3D digital images onto a 3D physical model, creating a perfect digital twin of any place on Earth.
HAToM’s proprietary platform consists of hardware, software, and a high-resolution 3D topographic model onto which data is projected after being analysed by our geospatial analytics tools (which leverage artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms). The data includes images obtained from Earth observation satellites, georeferenced data, and real-time data (on weather, traffic, ships, or IoT sensors), and it can be changed or merged for simultaneous visualisation.
The use of Copernicus data is fundamental, as it is used for natural resources and disaster risk reduction. The data leveraged includes Sentinel-1A/1B SAR; Sentinel-2A/2B (NDVI, IR, ARVI, etc); Sentinel-3 (OLCI (SSH), OTCI); land cover (snow, forests), climate change (ECV); and altimetry (ocean topography, wave height, ocean currents).

Milena Orlandini

The Challenge

Participants with solutions for other markets are also eligible to enter the Challenge. Solutions should be technically operational, compatible with Airbus and Copernicus EO data and provide valuable information to the end users. Participants to the Multi Data Access Challenge are expected to use Airbus datasets from our OneAtlas Sandbox Platform ( and Copernicus data available on our sobloo platform (, ), a one-stop shop for all Copernicus data and value-added services. Through these two platforms, to which access is free, users can work with Pléiades, Sentinel-1/2/3/5p, Copernicus Core Services, SPOT, TerraSAR-X, WorldDEM, and DMC Imagery sets. Various API’s are available through the platforms for participants to integrate with additional data sets into their solutions.

In addition, sobloo infrastructure and services can be made available for participants to develop/validate their services/applications in the frame of the challenge.

Data Diagramm

Prizes 2020


EUR 100,000 Airbus Satellite data voucher for OneAtlas Platform annual subscription


Access to OneAtlas Playground (if eligible)


Business development support from technical and market experts within Airbus and sobloo to develop the winning solution


Once the solution has demonstrated technical feasibility and commercial viability, the winner will have the opportunity to present their solution to Airbus and sobloo stakeholders such as Airbus Ventures and BizLabs, opening the door to potential partnership

Satellite Data

Possibility to access EUR 10,000 worth of commercial datasets from the Copernicus Contributing Missions in the Copernicus Data Warehouse (financial support by EC)
Extra EUR 10,000 Cash Prize if your concept gets selected as Copernicus Masters 2020 Overall Winner
Additional Prize


Submissions to the Airbus-sobloo Multi-Data Challenge will be evaluated against the following criteria:

Technical Innovation

Does the solution demonstrate novel data processing capabilities?

Business Innovation

Does the solution demonstrate novel business models for this industry?

Airbus and sobloo Connection

To what extent does the solution leverage Airbus data and sobloo Earth observation products, API’s and services?

Business Credibility
Does the solution have real market potential?

Technical Feasibility

Does the technical element of the solution allow for future scalability that will answer business needs?

About Airbus and sobloo

Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2017 it generated revenues of EUR 59 billion restated for IFRS 15 and employed a workforce of around 129,000. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners from 100 to more than 600 seats. Airbus is also a European leader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft, as well as one of the world’s leading space companies. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide.
The Intelligence Programme Line within Airbus is the supplier of choice for commercial satellite imagery, C2ISR systems and related services. The company has unrivalled expertise in satellite imagery acquisition, data processing, fusion, dissemination and intelligence extraction allied to significant command and control capabilities. Based upon exclusive commercial access to Pléiades, SPOT, TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X and PAZ satellites, DMC Constellation and third-party satellites (TripleSat constellation, KazEOSat) combined with broad applications experience, Intelligence delivers an extensive portfolio spanning the entire geo-information value chain.

sobloo stems from an EU initiative (the Data and Information Access Services – DIAS) to provide open access to near-real-time data, models and forecasts, so as to foster innovation and create a European Earth Observation data ecosystem enabling both research and business uptake.
sobloo platform provides a broad access to Copernicus data, as well as complementary data collections, ranging from Earth Observation commercial imagery to Mobile and IoT databases. Going beyond the data, sobloo offers cloud resources and a suite of tools including APIs and services not only to process data but also to create high-level thematic services which can be distributed on sobloo itself.
Supporting creative grounds, sobloo also leverages the expertise of its consortium partners (Airbus, Orange, CLS and VITO) to provide professional services at different steps of the value chain, ranging from business support or development of algorithms to the setup of billing as a service.
sobloo is uniquely positioned to contribute to the development of your business/project.


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