Approximately 44% of the world's population live within 150 kilometres of the coast, and the UK is in the top 15 countries with the longest coastline extents in the world, with nowhere in the UK being more than 113 kilometres (70 miles) from the coast.
Maritime services based on the integrated use of space-based systems are of interest to a wide range of user communities and classes: Fisheries, Coast Guards, Port Authorities, Military Bodies, Shipping Companies, Commercial Operators, International, National and European Institutions.
We're looking for new commercial and sustainable ideas that utilise space services and technologies for UK and global coastal monitoring. Topic areas for proposals include (but are not limited to):
The overall objective of the Coastal Applications Competition - "Mostly Coastly" - is to stimulate the submission of new ideas for commercially viable and sustainable services that show innovative utilisation of space services and technologies, such as: Satellite Communications, Satellite Navigation, Earth Observation or Human Spaceflight technologies.
This can involve either the improvement of existing operational processes and services or the generation of new applications. The call specifically seeks proposals that concern services and markets related to coastal applications in the UK and other territories.
The bidders of ideas with a strong market perspective will get the opportunity to investigate the commercial viability and the technical feasibility within a small project via a LaunchPad Initiative applications project that utilises at least one space asset, or potentially a combination of assets.
Each of the 4 selected proposals will win the opportunity to investigate the commercial viability and technical feasibility of their project with funding of up to 25,000€ (as 50% co-funding of total project value).
For activities where a good market and technical feasibility can be proven, the bidders will have the opportunity to further develop and implement their idea up to a pre-operational level via a follow-on Demonstration Project within ESA Business Applications.
If you've got an innovative idea for the use of space assets for coastal monitoring, we want to hear from you!
Simply follow these steps to submit your application:
The call is open from Wednesday 22 May 2019 to Midday Friday 28 June 2019. There will only be one selection round, awarding up to four projects.
The deadline for submitting any enquiries or clarifications is 16 June. The responses to enquiries received by this date, with the exception of confidential matters specific to individual potential bidders, will be notified to all interested parties by 21 June.
Please download the attached submission form and send the completed form to Procurement@sa.catapult.org.uk with the subject line: 'Coastal Applications Competition'Click here to download