The European Space Agency’s Atlantic Area Kick-start Activity offers support and funding to companies looking to develop space empowered services to support the Atlantic Area’s economic and environmental development.
Do you any questions regarding the application process or how can space contribute to the Atlantic Area’s economic and environmental development? Register here to our webinars on the 29th and 31st of May at 15:00 CET.
We’re looking for teams that have identified a market opportunity that’s attractive and has real potential for engaging customers. Motivation, business experience and domain expertise are key.
But most importantly of all, we want to hear business ideas that are commercially viable, technically possible and involve either space tech or data; such as satellite Earth observation, satellite navigation, satellite communications, spaceflight technologies.
The Atlantic Area and its resources are increasingly recognized as being essential for addressing the multiple challenges that will be faced in the decades to come: it is a key source of food, energy, minerals, jobs and transport upon which hundreds of millions of people depend.
The maritime industry landscape is undergoing a transition from traditional shipping and fishing practices, into new activities which reshape and diversify the industry. Moreover, the Atlantic Area economy is expanding rapidly driven by a large number of factors: the increase in world population, global economic growth, increased trade, sustainability etc. In this new context, emerging industries are characterised in particular by the key roles played by their operations utilising cutting-edge science and technologies, moving increasingly towards high levels of automation.
We offer funding and support to companies for business case assessment, as well as the development of new space enabled products and services focussed on the Atlantic Area's economic and environmental development.
Space assets integrated with terrestrial technologies are instrumental to address the needs of the above identified economic sectors and user communities.
Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) are the main source of geo referenced locations data and essential to support the sea navigation of leisure boats, commercial vessels, and Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) regulated ships. Each maritime application will take advantage of the features offered by GNSS ugmentation: increased accuracy and integrity, certified services and high availability. GNSS can be used in every phase of marine navigation: ocean, coastal, port approach and port manoeuvres, under all weather conditions. In particular, the COSPAS-SARSAT service and Galileo Initial MEO Services can support Search and Rescue and emergency response operations.
Satellite Earth Observation can provide valuable information for several maritime applications, for example in maritime surveillance (fisheries, efence, natural environment monitoring), satellite derived bathymetry, and disaster response. Earth Observation derived data can be used to obtain detailed meteorological data such as wind speed and direction, humidity, and others demanded to be taken into account into the models for services related for example to habitat mapping and fisheries.
Satellite Communications provide a means to communicate with the coordinating centre to and from remote locations where there is no terrestrial network. In case of network failures or cyber-attacks targeting terrestrial communication, SatCom may be used to increase communication network robustness and resilience.
For the competitive tender on "Atlantic Area", the following ESA Member States have made funding available: Ireland, Germany, Norway and the UK.
If your company/organisation resides in another country participating to the programme, who has not made funding available, you must request a Letter of Support from your National Delegation.
Kick-start Activities resulting from thematic calls are funded at 75% by the Agency for a maximum amount of €60K per contract.
Funded participation to ESA's Business Applications Kick-start Activities is open to any public organisation, commercial client worldwide or space company (be it as group of users, public body or non-governmental organisation) residing in any of the ESA Member States that are participating to the programme.
To date, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxemburg, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom have subscribed.
Individual ESA Member States have already made funding available for specific Thematic Calls on Kick-start Activities. For more details, please refer to the section Authorisation of Funding above.
In case you intend to submit a proposal for a Thematic Call and your company/organisation resides in another country, you are encouraged to contact the National Delegation.