The Copernicus Masters “European Space Imaging & Skybox Imaging High-Res Challenge” launched today and is open for submissions worldwide.
“The European Space Imaging & Skybox Imaging High-Res Challenge” is looking for new, viable application ideas for this sub-daily availability of very high-resolution (VHR), multispectral data from the Skybox Imaging satellites.
Skybox Imaging is the new kid on the block in the satellite business. Founded in 2009, it is launching an innovative constellation of more than 20 very high-resolution satellites with sub-meter color imagery and high definition video capability. This new Challenge is calling for ideas using the unique qualities of this new satellite constellation.
The Skybox Imaging satellite constellation offers new potential. Worldwide each point will be monitored at a revisit rate of more than 5-7 times per day at regular intervals between 9:00 and 16:00. The unique ability of sub-daily access is that it is easily accessible, affordable, and timely, and it will not only augment the capabilities of existing applications, but will also have the potential to enable a new generation of applications that require high-resolution, high-revisit imagery to emerge. Example applications areas include: insurance modelling, financial trading intelligence, observing refugee movements, coordinating relief efforts, and agricultural health monitoring.
The two Challenge partners are hoping researchers and developers will think laterally and propose ideas that have real potential. The winner will receive a European Space Imaging data package of Skybox Imaging satellite data valued at EUR 20,000 to apply in realizing their application idea.
“As a global competition the Copernicus Masters opens its Challenges to a world of new thinkers and their ideas. We hope our High-Res Challenge will give application developers inspiration and scope to come up with groundbreaking new proposals for VHR satellite imagery,” says Michaela Weber, Director Sales & Marketing, European Space Imaging. “We are not asking for prototypes or prior testing. We are searching for good, viable, creative, even crazy proposals.”
Anyone who has a viable suggestion is encouraged to participate. The companies are keen to hear about your idea, what makes it different and why it is possible.
Submissions open worldwide on the 15th April until 13 July 2014. Register at www.eusi-skybox.copernicus-masters.com.
About European Space Imaging
European Space Imaging is a leading supplier of very high-resolution satellite imagery to customers in Europe and North Africa. It is the only European satellite data provider operating its own multi-mission capable VHR ground stations, enabling optimized collection strategies, flexibility and real-time weather assessments. Since 2002 the Munich based company has provided customers access to the most advanced VHR satellites and services available throughout their region.
About Skybox Imaging
Skybox Imaging (Skybox) empowers global businesses to make better decisions with timely, high fidelity imagery and infinite analytics. By combining the power of web technologies and a constellation of high-resolution imaging satellites, Skybox is generating a unique data source describing daily global activity with timely, accessible, sub-meter color imagery and high definition video of the Earth. Founded in 2009, Skybox Imaging is backed by leading venture firms and comprised of internet and aerospace professionals. For more information, visit www.skybox.com.
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