ESA space solutions® Prize

CHALLENGE

An international organisation comprising 22 member-states, the European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe’s gateway to space. Its mission is to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world. ESA designs and implements the European space programme, including the development of space technologies and satellite infrastructure for the use of navigation, telecommunication and earth observation, the promotion of European industries, and the endeavour to find out more about our Earth, our solar system and the universe we are living in.

The ESA space solutions network compiles a variety of expertise from Europe’s space programmes to give any business a tailored solution, based on available space systems, technologies and know-how. Through our Business Incubation Centres, Technology Transfer Brokers and partners, Europe benefits from its space industry like never before, and together we support our national industries and boost Europe’s global competitiveness. more

The European Satellite Navigation Competition is a great source of innovative business ideas in virtually every field of industry. In it, the ESA Technology Transfer Programme Office (TTPO) finds and supports new ideas for the commercial use of space technology, thus launching new businesses in Europe, especially in the downstream market of GNSS applications. Among the innovative ideas for satellite navigation applications from previous years are a system that reports flooding in real time, a corporate application for tracking carbon footprints, and commercial location-based services.

PRIZE 2017

ESA is looking for innovative ideas that can be immediately implemented and quickly nurtured into profitable start-ups at the 20 Business Incubation Centres (BICs).

  • All ideas exploiting GNSS signals or making use of a technology developed in the context of the Galileo programme are eligible. For the latter ESA encourages to make use of any patent from the list below.
  • The winner should thus be a new start-up (yet to be created or younger than five years old) and should be willing to apply to an existing or future ESA BIC for incubation.
  • The winner will receive a cash award of EUR 10,000.

List of ESA patents*

• PAT 467 // Multipath discriminator module for a navigation system
• PAT 525 // Method of processing positioning signals, in particular for indoor applications
• PAT 537 // Structure for shielding an antenna from radio interference
• PAT 541 // A method for compensating signal distortion in an emitting payload
• PAT 544 // Navigation-satellite tracking method and receiving station
• PAT 557 // Method and apparatus for determining an integrity indicating parameter indicating the integrity of positioning information determined in a global positioning system
• PAT 566 // Method, apparatus and system for determining a position of an object having a global navigation satellite system receiver by processing undifferenced data like carrier phase measurements and external products like ionosphere data
• PAT 574 // A Navigation System Using Spreading Codes Based on Pseudo-Random Noise Sequences
• PAT 668 // Method and apparatus for tracking a binary offset carrier navigation signal

*) ESA makes its inventions available free of charge for non space applications on a non-exclusive basis for research purposes. The conditions during the commercial phase are to be negotiated.

 

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PARTNER: EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY

An international organisation comprising 22 member-states, the European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe’s gateway to space. Its mission is to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world.

ESA designs and implements the European space programme, including the development of space technologies and satellite infrastructure for the use of navigation, telecommunication and earth observation, the promotion of European industries, and the endeavour to find out more about our Earth, our solar system and the universe we are living in.

The ESA space solutions network compiles a variety of expertise from Europe’s space programmes to give any business a tailored solution, based on available space systems, technologies and know-how. Through ESA’s Business Incubation Centres, Technology Transfer Brokers and partners, Europe benefits from its space industry like never before, and together they support Europe’s national industries and boost the continent’s global competitiveness. more

 

CONTACT

European Space Agency (ESA)
Dr Thomas Bouvet
+31 (0) 71 565 6592
esa@azo-space.com
www.esa.int