The European Space Agency at Garage48 SpaceTech hackathon

The European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe’s gateway to space. ESA is a world-leader in Earth observation and remains dedicated to developing cutting-edge space-borne technology to further understand the planet, improve daily lives, support effect policy-making for a more sustainable future, and benefit businesses and the economy.

Copernicus is the largest global earth monitoring programme ever conceived, providing fast and accurate data to everybody. Its key information services offer a wide range of practical applications. ESA is developing a new family of satellites, called Sentinels, specifically for the operational needs of the Copernicus programme, and manages the data stream from other Earth observation missions which are contributing to the success of Copernicus.


For the Garage48 Hackathon in Tartu, ESA provides an API which will be made available to all participants, free of charge. This API will allow access to Copernicus satellite data, in particular those featuring the Baltic states and the adjacent water ways. ESA will explain to the participants how to use and operate the API ahead of the hackathon and will also provide on-site support during the entire hackathon weekend. PS You can see the explaining slides here: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1NbDgVuSM4dazlqzDAgmOSOMFc5JiUlTGRzcQfQYZVgo/present?token=AC4w5VhqJJP3Jci5MYOTYZ25GunPi97pWA&slide=id.p4)


The ESA team going to Tartu is excited about the possibility to make Copernicus data the backbone of successful apps to be developed there. Over the last six years ESA has organised an important number of app camps and hackathons, some of them stretching over a period of 8 consecutive days. Copernicus data have been at the core of these events and the winning ideas have meanwhile evolved into awesome commercial products, available on the market. Thanks to this experience and the continued support of our API developer RAMANI B.V, we are looking forward to another great hackathon!