The European Space Agency’s Organic Best Practices & Ecosystem Preservation Kick-Start Activity offers support and funding to companies looking to develop space empowered services for the preservation of our environment.
Ideas for commercial services empowered by Space for the preservation of our environment. We consider three key factors:
*The service you intend to develop must be using a technology developed initially for Space like Satellite Earth Observation, Satellite Navigation, Satellite Communications, Spaceflight Technologies, Space Weather.
We offer funding and support to companies for business case assessment and development of new space empowered services for organic practices and the preservation of the environment.
Space technologies play a key role in monitoring our environment and supporting services that require communication and localisation data. Here are a few examples:
GNSS are the main source of geo referenced location data. The ability to locate precise positions in a field allows the creation of maps showing the spatial variability of terrain features/topography, organic matter content, moisture levels, nitrogen levels, etc. Similar data can also be collected by beehives equipped with GNSS.
Satellite Earth observation data can:
This data also offers a perfect overview of field developments as well as high and low yielding zones. Earth observation derived data can be used to obtain meteorological data such as wind speed and direction, humidity and more.
Satellite communications provide a means to communicate with the coordinating centre to and from remote locations where there is no terrestrial network.
For the Thematic Call on "Organic Best Practices & Ecosystem Preservation" Kick-start Activity, the following ESA Member States have already made funding available: Norway. In case your company/organisation resides in another country participating to the programme, you have to request a Letter of Support from your National Delegation.
Do you have any question on how to apply? Or on how Space contributes to preserving the environment?
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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.