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Funding

Three new IAP Intended Tenders

The Integrated Applications Promotion programme has announced three new fully funded tenders for which potential applicants are invited to submit an Expression of Interest.

Megaconstellation as Enablers for New Service and Applications Opportunities
Open Invitation To Tender - Closing date: 20 June 2016

The main purpose of this activity is to identify and analyse services and applications for which a disruptive change could emerge from the deployment of mega-constellations. The activity shall focus on the down-stream space applications segment and shall characterize concrete service opportunities.

VDE - Assessing the Potential of Future Maritime Applications in the Context of VDE (VHF Data Exchange System)
Intended Tender

The purpose of this feasibility study to identify and specify new viable and sustainable maritime services using VDES (VHF Data Exchange System) and combining space (minimum two space assets) and non-space assets, in consultation with relevant institutional and commercial user and stakeholder groups

Waste Management
Intended Tender

The objective of this ARTES IAP feasibility study is to develop a business case where space technologies enable services for WasteManagement issues while assessing its feasibility / viability.

Events

NASA Space Apps Challenge 2016
22 - 24 April 2016

NASA is on a mission to foster innovation around challenges affecting us at home and in space. As one of the world's largest international annual hackathons, Space Apps is designed for problem solvers like you. This 48-hour event inspires citizen teamwork for positive change across every skill level and discipline.

6th Annual ARTES Applications Workshop
Register now: 28 - 29 April 2016, Brussels (Belgium)

Register now for the 6th annual ARTES Applications Workshop, which will take place in Brussels on the 28th and 29th April 2016. This year’s workshop is organised by ESA’s ARTES Applications department and the Belgian Science Policy Office, Belspo. The workshop will focus on the potential of space-based applications, with a special emphasis on SMEs and start-ups.

ITS European Congress
6 - 9 June 2016, SECC (Glasgow, Scotland)

The 11th ITS Congress theme is "Delivering Future Cities Now" and is based on Glasgow’s pioneering work on Smart Cities. The event consists of an extensive exhibition, with an adjacent area for live demonstrations and a programme of high level and technical sessions providing the opportunity for the industry’s experts and political leaders to discuss current issues both formally at over 100 sessions and more informally during an extensive social programme.

2016 Industry Space Days
20 - 22 September 2016, ESTEC (Noordwijk, The Netherlands)

The 2016 Industry Space Days will take place on 20, 21 and 22 September at ESA ESTEC in Noordwijk, the Netherlands. The event is an international forum through which European suppliers in the space domain, especially SMEs, can present their products, projects, or R&D to the outside world.

News

Former Google senior technologist Michael Jones joins Seraphim Space as advisor

Seraphim Space, the UK space tech venture capital fund, has announced that former Google senior technologist Michael Jones is joining its advisory board. The Fund was launched in 2015 with the support of the European Space Agency and the UK Space Agency.

Monitoring pipelines from space

An enterprising Dutch startup is developing a viable business using Sentinel-1 SAR imagery to monitor oil and gas pipelines from space.

AP Portugal announces Small ARTES Apps funding awards

Three Portuguese companies have been awarded funding in the first call of the ARTES Small Apps call for participation, an initiative coordinated by Instituto Pedro Nunes (IPN) as part of its activities as IAP Ambassador in Portugal.

ESA launches new Space4Rail web portal

ESA has launched a new web portal to identify how challenges and needs in the rail sector can be met by the use of space-based solutions.

New portable encoder streams HD video on the go

Thanks to a new portal video encoder device developed with the support of ESA, high definition video can now be cost-effectively streamed from mobile satellite terminals. This breakthrough facilitates the transmission of broadcast-quality video content from regions with limited terrestrial infrastructure.