Jun 04, 2014

The European Space Imaging & Skybox Imaging High-Res Challenge

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With a constellation of more than 20 SkySat satellites to deliver high-resolution (sub-meter) satellite imagery and full motion HD video, the Skybox Imaging satellite constellation offers new potential. Worldwide each point can 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 that is easily accessible, affordable, and timely, not only will 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 include: insurance modelling, financial trading intelligence, observing refugee movements, coordinating relief efforts, and agricultural health monitoring.

The European Space Imaging & Skybox Imaging High-Res Challenge invites the remote sensing community to create new and viable application ideas utilising the sub-daily availability of very high-resolution (VHR), multispectral satellite data from the Skybox Imaging satellite constellation. European Space Imaging and Skybox Imaging are looking for ideas that have global impact, are easily scalable, and enable more efficient decision-making. Participants are required to submit detailed descriptions of their ideas including business cases and end user benefits.

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The winner will be awarded a European Space Imaging data package of Skybox Imaging satellite imagery worth up to EUR 20,000 for use in further developing the winning application.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Benefit and Innovativeness (customer benefit for industry/citizens, other advantages, innovation level)
  • Copernicus relevance (significance of the use of Earth monitoring data for realization, added value through Copernicus)
  • Integration of VHR satellite data
  • Technological feasibility
  • Market potential (chance of commercial success, such as expected demand, investment potential and short time to market)
  • Legal aspects and risks (legal risks, ability to patent, regulations/laws to be considered)


European Space Imaging (EUSI) is the leading supplier of very high-resolution (VHR) satellite imagery across Europe and North Africa, providing customers with access and services to the most advanced commercial VHR satellites available. They are the only European satellite data provider operating multi-mission capable ground stations, enabling optimised collection strategies, flexibility and real-time weather assessments for new collections. European Space Imaging recently began operating a SkyNode ground station for the reception of SkySat satellite data. They also have exclusive distribution rights for Skybox Imaging products and services in Europe, North Africa, Russia and CIS countries. The company is an active supplier and participant in several Copernicus services providing rapid access to globally acquired imagery and derived information.

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 colour 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.

Source European Space Imaging (EUSI)