Copernicus Masters

Since 2011, the annual Copernicus Masters competition has awarded prizes to innovative solutions for business and society based on Earth observation data. From 2014, this became a global competition and the Satellite Applications Catapult, in partnership with Innovate UK and UK Space Agency, became a delivery partner, supporting the competition until 2016.

With the launch of Sentinel-1A in April 2014, a new era began for applications in the entire geospatial value chain. It was the first of the new fleet of ESA Earth observation satellites, which are poised to deliver the wealth of data and imagery that are at the core of Europe’s flagship Earth observation programme Copernicus.

The Copernicus Masters competition aims to support the development of market-oriented applications based on Earth observation data. It includes exciting topic specific challenges that are being awarded by an array of prominent partners, such as the European Space Agency (ESA), CloudEO, and T Systems. In 2016, the Catapult are supporting the Sustainable Living challenge.

Catapult Challenge

The Sustainable Living Challenge from the Satellite Applications Catapult is looking for innovative solutions that address the key challenges faced by the growing global population.
Applicants are encouraged to explore the integration of satellite Earth observation imagery with other sources of data to create a new or improved product or service. For further information on the Catapult’s challenge, please visit:

Catapult Support

If you wish to discuss this competition with a member of the Catapult competitions support staff, please email: Alternatively, check our events pages to see all events that may provide information on this competition.


The prize pool, in addition to cash prizes, primarily includes support for the commercial realisation of the winning ideas, data access, and the chance to enter the incubation programme of one of Europe’s nine ESA Business Incubation Centres (BICs). The overall winner – the Copernicus Master – will be selected from among the winners of each challenge by a panel of experts.


Applications Open: 15 April

Closing Date: 18 July

How to Apply 

Further information

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