OrbitalAI Challenge: Fly your code to space

OrbitalAI Challenge: Fly your code to space

OrbitalAI Challenge: Fly your code to space.

Registrations 16 February - 30 June 2023

Are you an Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning enthusiast or Earth Observation aficionados?
The OrbitalAI Challenge dares you to rethink satellite data processing with AI and spacecraft onboard technologies.

The European Space Agency Φ-lab, Thales Alenia Space, and Microsoft are coming with an ambitious challenge to support the creation of original solutions and demonstrate how Earth observation data processed onboard satellites can benefit business, industry, and science.

This brand-new challenge launched by the AI4EO initiative from Φ-lab of ESA's Directorate of Earth Observation Programmes, will bring together AI and Earth observation players, researchers, experts, and scientists who share one common goal: how to best couple satellite data with onboard technologies.

The competition consists of two phases with two tracks to choose from, a Φsat-2 and an IMAGIN-e (ISS Mounted Accessible Global Imaging Nod-e) track.

During Phase I, participants will submit their innovative solutions showcasing their mastery in building a top-notch prototype. The proposed solution will be verified for the compatibility with the mission payload and its potential to drive progress in earth sustainability, business, and science. Participants will then get the chance to pitch their solutions.

From each track, ten teams will be selected to continue their mission and enter Phase II, which consists of an incubation period. Participants on the first track will develop their solutions with the Φsat-2 consortium and the Φ-lab team. Those on the second track will work with Microsoft and Thales Alenia Space. The two best teams from each track will have the chance to see their solutions launched into space!

Additional prizes will be reserved for teams that reach Phase II. These teams will benefit from invitations as visiting researchers, vouchers from the Network of Resources, features in special issues of top peer-reviewed journals (with joint publications alongside ESA and Φsat-2 partners), subscriptions to software and cloud platforms, and many more prizes that will be announced in the upcoming months.

Registration for the OrbitalAI Challenge will run from 16 February 2023 to the end of June 2023, for Phase I, and from July 2023 to October 2023, for Phase II. Resources and toolkits will be provided at the start of the registration campaign to assist all participants during the challenge.

AI4EO initiative is implemented by a consortium of private companies and startups composed of SpaceTec Partners, Planetek Italia, Sinergise, GMATICS and EarthPulse. Visit the AI4EO project to learn more.