Copernicus 4.0 will rely on a combination of large and traditional satellites with SmallSats. Constellations of NanoSats, HAPS (High Altitude Platform Stations) and drones are certain to become important contributors of EO data, complementing the more traditional fleet of the Copernicus Sentinels and Contributing Missions. In addition, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Data Analytics, Internet of Things, Machine Learning and Cloud Computing will become the new challenge in software tools, indispensable when handling and analysing the massive flow of data coming from this new generation of EO sensors. The most compelling solutions to this challenge will clearly demonstrate the benefits for user communities and the technical challenges.
Submissions are welcome in any application field, including:
- Smart Cities
- Transport and Mobility
The ESA Copernicus 4.0 Challenge aims to increase the exposure and understanding of Earth observation data in the software domain (AI, IoT and Machine Learning, Cloud Computing and Data Analytics), as well as the hardware domain (HAPS, nanosats, smallsats). Those tasked with evaluating the submissions to this challenge will therefore focus on the potential for technological feasibility, rather than its maturity.
Illustration Photo: A movement to replace genetically modified (GM) soybeans with conventional seeds gained traction in Brazil’s largest soy producing state of Mato Grosso as farmers anticipated growing demand from Asia and Europe. Brazil was an early adopter of transgenic crops and more than 96 percent of its soy harvest is of GM varieties, which helped transform the country into the world’s largest soy exporter. Record-large crops were harvested in 2017 in Brazil. (credits: Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data , processed by Sentinel Hub / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0))