The Awards Ceremony on 7 Nov ‘17 in line with the 4th Satellite Masters Conference was the festive highlight of the European Space Week in Tallinn, Estonia.


The Awards Ceremony of Europe’s leading ideas competition dedicated to satellite navigation based applications on 07 November brought new business ideas supported by a broad innovation network containing about 140 space-related stakeholders on stage.

As joint Awards Ceremony of the Copernicus Masters and the ESNC, the event was the crowning glory of the European Space Week in Tallinn, Estonia. It was a pleasure for AZO, the 140 ESNC stakeholders and the broad GNSS and Earth observation community to welcome the winners of all 26 ESNC challenges and to congratulate them in front of more than 500 guests. The most pioneering winner’s business cases also took the limelight at the Satellite Masters Conference & Horizon 2020 Space Info Day on 08 November 2017.


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Congratulations to Alexander Rügamer and Dr Jan Wendel for taking home the Overall Prize and winning the BMVI Special Prize and the Bavaria Challenge of the European Satellite Navigation Competition 2017 with their innovative PRS solution SORUS – Spoofing-Resistant UAVs.

24 more business cases and Challenge winners (listed here) were also recognised during the Awards Ceremony by high-ranking industry and institutional representatives: Carlo des Dorides (GSA), Markku Markula (CoR), Frank Salzgeber (ESA), Dr Rolf-Dieter Fischer (DLR) and Sabine Dannelke (BMVI).


2017 Top 3 ESNC Winners

Overall Winner

BMVI: PRS Applications – Reliable Services for a secure digital society and Bavaria Challenge Winner
SORUS – Spoofing Resistant UAVs , submitted by Alexander Rügamer and Dr Jan Wendel

2nd place

University Challenge Winner
J911 Prototype: Crowdsourced GNSS Jammer Detection, submitted by Luka Strizic and Prof Dennis M. Akos

3rd place

ESA space solutions® Prize and France Challenge WInner
Attestis: No More Late Objections to New Buildings, submitted by Guilhem Ensuque and team


Discover all 2017 ESNC winners


Even more prizes awaited the 2017 ESNC winners…

For the first time ever, ESNC winners had the chance to win even more prizes on top of their ESNC prize, thanks to the newly established E-GNSS Accelerator, funded by the European Commission. The top 10 ESNC winners were invited to the exclusive E-GNSS Accelerator Bootcamp taking place directly before the Awards Ceremony. In front of a high-ranking expert panel the candidates presented how further incubation services would enable them to accelerate their business ideas and to start real commercial ventures. The top three candidates received incubation and acceleration packages worth EUR 62,000 each to complement business incubation at their preferred incubation centre of the ESNC network all across Europe.


Discover the E-GNSS Accelerator Bootcamp winners

  • ESNC Awards Ceremony

    Each autumn, the global satellite navigation community gets together to celebrate the most outstanding commercial space applications based on GNSS at the festive Awards Ceremony of the ESNC.

    The Awards Ceremony of Europe’s largest innovation competition for commercial space applications based on satellite navigation, the ESNC, brought together the most important players from the realms of industry, politics, entrepreneurship and research to showcase the most outstanding space applications and discuss trendsetting developments in the satellite downstream sector and its various application fields.

  • Satellite Masters Conference

    The Satellite Masters Conference has become an important gathering place for industries, scientists, and startups involved in the commercial use of satellite navigation and Earth observation.

    The 2017 winners of the ESNC and Copernicus Masters had the chance to present their ideas to the international satellite navigation and Earth observation community and discuss innovations in space-based technologies and services with those in attendance. The 4th conference initiated by AZO took place on 7 – 9 November 2017 in Tallinn, Estonia together with the Horizon 2020 Space Info Day providing first-hand information content from European key stakeholders in the space sector.

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