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#OrbitalAI Challenge

Space mission awaits: Be a pioneer for in-orbit EO data processing and drive progress on Earth. Join today!

Ever wondered about being part of a space mission? OrbitalAI is here to make that possible. We offer you an exclusive chance to embark on a remarkable journey that explores the boundless potential of in-orbit data processing for Earth’s sustainability. Whether you’re a tech aficionado, a creative thinker, or a scientific enthusiast, we welcome individuals from diverse backgrounds to join us in advancing the future of Earth observation (EO).

Imagine developing groundbreaking solutions that harness the power of AI and Earth observation data, propelling progress in business, industry, or science. At OrbitalAI, we believe in the collective brilliance of minds coming together to shape a better tomorrow. If you’re selected as one of the 10 finalist teams, you’ll have the fantastic opportunity to collaborate with top industry experts, refining your solutions and preparing it for the ultimate launch into space.

This isn’t just any opportunity—it’s a chance to leave a significant mark on the quest for Earth’s sustainability. By becoming a part of our global initiative, you’ll play a vital role in advancing the frontiers of science and protecting our precious planet. Join us now and set your imagination free! Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of something truly unique.

The tracks

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

  • ESA’s Φsat-2 Track6U CubeSat orbiting Earth at 500 km with a multispectral camera in a sun-synchronous orbit. This space mission is currently under development by a European Consortium led by Open Cosmos (UK), alongside CGI (Italy), Ubotica Technologies Ltd (Ireland), Ceiia (Portugal), KP Labs (Poland), Geo-K (Italy), Simera Innovate GmbH (Switzerland), and Deimos (Spain).
  • IMAGIN-e Track (ISS Mounted Accessible Global Imaging Nod-e, in collaboration with Microsoft and Thales Alenia Space): featuring a hyperspectral camera on the ISS.

Gain further insights into the challenge through our webinars dedicated to this competition.

The big prize 

Two teams will get the opportunity to have their solutions running onboard the Φsat-2 mission or the International Space Station, meaning that their solution will be launched into space and have an in-orbit demonstration for their concept! 

At the end of the challenge 10 teams will be selected, they will work closely with the space mission team and determine which are the best two teams that will eventually have their solutions launched into space. Besides the chance of having their solution onboard a satellite, we will reward the 10 teams with various prizes ranging from invitations for visiting researchers to vouchers for computation or access to premium data. Stay tuned as we reveal the complete pool of prizes in the upcoming weeks.

Don’t miss out on this chance to be part of the challenge! Join today!

The journey

Registrations are open until 20 September 2023!

The challenge is open worldwide to all EO or AI practitioners from students and early professionals to researchers, engineers and experts in the field. Check out the participants’ eligibility to know more about the registration.

Phase I: The open competition

During Phase I, participants will submit their best solution in the form of a Jupyter Notebook together with a PowerPoint presentation, saved as a .pdf file, and a pitch video of their solution.

After the first phase, 10 teams will be selected for the next stage.

Phase II: Incubation & Production

The second phase starts in October 2023. During this phase, the selected teams will work on their solution together with the Φsat-2 consortium and the Φ-lab team, or with Microsoft and Thales Alenia Space for the IMAGIN-e track. The solutions will be tested and verified on the conditions of the mission’s payload.

In the end, the two best teams from each track will have the privilege to launch their solutions into space!

Excited to be part of a space mission? Join today and start your new adventure!

The context

The European Space Agency (ESA) has an exciting vision: creating a thriving ecosystem of Earth observation applications using edge computing in space. This groundbreaking challenge addresses the current obstacles in the flow of Earth observation data and paves the way for the next generation of applications.

By employing advanced AI techniques to process data directly onboard spacecraft, we can unlock the immense potential of onboard intelligence for Earth Observation. This approach promises enhanced efficiency, agility, autonomy, and reconfigurability in EO. Onboard processing in satellites is revolutionising space data by enabling faster and more efficient data transmission, reducing the dependence on ground-based processing, and enabling real-time decision-making.

In EO, end users require valuable insights and optimal decisions with minimal delay. That’s why significant research efforts have been dedicated to exploring onboard intelligence for EO applications, such as early detection of natural disasters, vessel incidents, and gas leaks. Onboard intelligence empowers us to identify low-quality EO data, such as cloud-covered satellite images or remote sensing images with limited relevant information and discard them. This not only saves costs but also minimises the need for data transmission to Earth.

Be part of a space mission

OrbitalAI makes you part of a space mission where you collaborate with leading experts in the field.

Explore edge computing in space

Change the paradigm of EO data flow and extract insights that will fuel ground-breaking solutions.

Address global challenges

You can contribute to solving critical issues and make a positive impact on the world by helping business, industry, and science.

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