OrbitalAI Challenge

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#OrbitalAI Challenge

🧐 What’s the competition about?

This exciting challenge aims to explore the cutting-edge possibilities of in-orbit data processing and its potential to drive progress in earth sustainability, business, industry, and science.

This year, ESA’s next-generation Φ-sat-2 satellite will deliver a platform for the in-flight uploading, deployment and updating of third-party AI models. In parallel, Microsoft and Thales Alenia Space will demonstrate and validate in-orbit computing technologies and potentialities onboard the International Space Station (ISS) for the mission named IMAGIN-e (ISS Mounted Accessible Global Imaging Nod-e).

ESA’s vision for edge computing in space is to foster an ecosystem of Earth Observation applications. This challenge is designed to align with this goal and is open to a global audience of space, EO, and AI enthusiasts. It’s an opportunity for the global community to explore the potential of in-orbit data processing and contribute to the advancement of earth sustainability.

AI and Earth observation players, researchers, experts, and scientists from all around the world can participate in any of these two tracks:

  • ESA Φ-sat-2 track: 6-U CubeSat orbiting Earth at 500 km with a multispectral camera in a sun synchronous orbit
  • IMAGIN-e track (ISS Mounted Accessible Global Imaging Nod-e, in collaboration with Microsoft and Thales Alenia Space): Hyperspectral camera on the ISS
Don’t miss this opportunity and register on our list to be the first one to hear when the challenge will launch🚀


😉 What’s in it for you?

Improve the efficiency of EO in benefiting society and the environment and develop your skills and your knowledge in AI and EO data!

The two best teams from each track will have the privilege to launch their solutions into space!
Stay tuned as in the next weeks we’ll announce more prizes for the top teams.


❗Important info!

Registration for the OrbitalAI Challenge will open on in early February.

Resources and toolkits will be provided at the start of the registration campaign to assist all participants during the challenge. A simulator for the IMAGIN-e & Φ-sat-2 optical payloads will be provided to participants as input to build their applications empowered by AI. The challenge will be accessible to all EO  or AI practitioners from students and early professionals to researchers, engineers and experts in the field.


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