10. April 2018

Coper­ni­cus Mas­ters en­ters next round

Tro­phy for the Coper­ni­cus Mas­ters win­ner
Image 1/3, Credit: Anne Kreuz.

Trophy for the Copernicus Masters winner

In ad­di­tion to the tro­phy, the win­ner re­ceives sup­port for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the pro­posed idea.
Coper­ni­cus Mas­ters lo­go
Image 2/3, Credit: DLR (CC-BY 3.0).

Copernicus Masters logo

Lo­go of the Eu­ro­pean Earth ob­ser­va­tion com­pe­ti­tion Coper­ni­cus Mas­ters (pre­vi­ous­ly known as the GMES Mas­ters).
DLR Chal­lenge
Image 3/3, Credit: DLR (CC-BY 3.0).

DLR Challenge

The DLR Chal­lenge pri­mar­i­ly fo­cus­es on new ap­pli­ca­tion ideas us­ing Earth ob­ser­va­tion da­ta for as­sess­ing cli­mate change and im­ple­ment­ing sus­tain­able en­er­gy sup­ply sys­tems. In ad­di­tion to an award, the prize in­cludes a vouch­er for a work­shop or con­sul­tan­cy. DLR will ad­vise the win­ner on putting their idea in­to prac­tice and can give ap­pli­ca­tion de­vel­op­ers first-hand as­sis­tance in all ar­eas of Earth ob­ser­va­tion, da­ta con­ver­sion and da­ta pro­cess­ing.

  • The Copernicus Masters innovation competition presents awards for applications and ideas that use Copernicus data to address relevant business and societal challenges
  • DLR is again involved in the competition and is offering special prizes
  • The closing date for submitting ideas is 30 June 2018
  • Focus: Aerospace, Earth observation, digitalisation, Big Data

The new competition season is underway. The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) is once again looking for the best application ideas in the area of Earth observation for the Coper­ni­cus Mas­ters. The international competition is organised by the Anwendungszentrum Oberpfaffenhofen (AZO).

"The political, business and scientific communities have a permanent need for reliable and up-to-date information in order to make decisions," explains Pascale Ehrenfreund, Chair of the DLR Executive Board. Copernicus – the European Union (EU) Earth observation programme implemented in partnership with the European Space Agency (ESA) , the Member States and others – aims to provide this information based on Earth observation data. Copernicus delivers valuable data on Earth's surface, atmosphere, oceans, disaster situations, climate change and security.

"Germany is one of the leading nations in Earth observation. Copernicus continues to improve its many applications, demonstrating the pioneering role of satellite data in advancing digitalisation and transforming that data into information for everyday use," says Ehrenfreund.

Gunter Schreier from the DLR Earth Observation Center (EOC) in Oberpfaffenhofen emphasises: “We are determined to raise awareness of how remote sensing data significantly improves the sustainable management of our limited natural resources. The environment, health and energy use are a particular focus of the DLR Challenge.” The EOC coordinates the competition on behalf of DLR.

Best practice – the winners from Stevenson Astrosat Ltd

DLR is a founding member of the Masters and one of the main sponsors of the Copernicus Masters award. Over 150 ideas for the DLR Challenge have been submitted over the past seven years. The range of applications has been diverse, ranging from urban planning and thermal energy management to environmental issues, such as the monitoring of foraging grounds for bees and the observation of algae as an indicator of clean coastal waters.

Winners in recent years have come from both research institutions and the commercial sector. The 2012 Environmental Challenge category was won by the company Steven­son As­trosat Ltd with a practical idea that focused on the area of energy in the field of environment and climate. Company founder Steve Lee from Scotland proposed using Earth observation satellites to record and monitor the energy balance of buildings. ThermCERT, the project proposed by Astrosat, uses thermal infrared sensor data acquired by satellites and aircraft to improve the accuracy and quality of heat measurements. The same applies to determining energy efficiency with regard to carbon dioxide emissions. In this way, owners and operators of building complexes, public buildings or major facilities in particular can optimise their use of resources and plan their investments sustainably – by cutting energy costs and improving their climate footprint. The Earth observation system ThermCERT and the RAPID system – also developed by Astrosat – are already commercially available. For the last two years, the company has awarded its own prize at the Copernicus Masters.

For information about all the winners in recent years, visit: www.coper­ni­cus-mas­ters.com/dlr.

  • Anwendungszentrum Oberpfaffenhofen

    The Copernicus Masters competition is organised by Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen (AZO). Located at the Special Airport Oberpfaffenhofen, the company offers two years of incubation support for start-ups in the aerospace industry. This initial assistance has helped a large number of commercial ventures establish themselves successfully in the marketplace. The Copernicus Masters Earth observation competition has been organised by AZO on behalf of the European Space Agency (ESA) since 2011. Each year, it presents awards for innovative and forward-looking ideas and business concepts that exploit Earth observation data from the Copernicus User Uptake strategy for commercial purposes and projects with societal relevance. With over 900 ideas submitted from 70 countries, the competition has developed into a leading international network for innovative Earth observation applications. The competition is primarily designed for start-ups and other, primarily small to medium-sized enterprises, as well as researchers and students. The winners will receive their prizes during the Copernicus Masters Europe awards ceremony in November 2018.

  • Miriam Poetter
    Cor­po­rate Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Oberp­faf­fen­hofen, Augs­burg, Weil­heim
    Ger­man Aerospace Cen­ter (DLR)

    Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Me­dia Re­la­tions
    Telephone: +49 8153 28-2297
    Fax: +49 8153 28-1243
    Münchener Straße 20
    82234 Weßling
  • Dr. Doris Klein
    Ger­man Aerospace Cen­ter (DLR)

    Ger­man Re­mote Sens­ing Da­ta Cen­ter
    Linder Höhe
    51147 Köln
  • Robert Klarner
    Sales and Ac­qui­si­tion, Weßling
    Ger­man Aerospace Cen­ter (DLR)
    Tech­nol­o­gy Mar­ket­ing
    Tech­nol­o­gy Mar­ket­ing
    Telephone: +49 8153 28-1782
    Fax: +49 8153 28-1780
    Linder Hoehe
    51170 Cologne

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