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Hisdesat participates with Airbus Defence & Space in the Copernicus Masters Competition

Companies call for innovative radar project submissions as part of the Earth monitoring Copernicus Masters Competition.

Madrid (Spain), June 25th, 2014.- Hisdesat, the Spanish government provider of satellite services, has an agreement with Airbus DS to promote the development of innovative ideas for applications using satellite radar images. This challenge is part of Copernicus Masters Competition. The challenge is the use of high resolution SAR data (synthetic aperture radar), from the constellation of the PAZ satellite and TerraSAR-X/TanDEM-X Hisdesat. The integration of data from other sources will also be taken into account. Both companies are seeking creative ideas that include maritime monitoring, security applications or change detection.

This challenge reaffirms the strong spirit of collaboration and innovation that exists between Airbus and Hisdesat DS. At the end of this year, the Spanish satellite PAZ (owned and built by Airbus Hisdesat DS), will join the virtually identical satellites TerraSAR-X/TanDEM-X Airbus in the same orbital plane. In combination with the identical picture modes offered by these three satellites, this concept makes it possible to harness the potential of a satellite constellation with high revisit rates, increased coverage and improved service.

Proposals will evaluate, among other factors, innovation, customer potential and economic benefits. Their ability to integrate satellite radar data will be considered, and the relevance within the Copernicus program.

The competition monitoring Earth, Copernicus Masters, aims to support the development of commercial applications based on data from Earth observation. Each year since 2011, awards grants to innovative solutions for business and society in the context of observation. It is part of the European Copernicus program (formerly known as GMES-Global Monitoring for Environment and Security), designed to create a modern and qualified service infrastructure of Earth observation and geo-information. Participants, whether students, entrepreneurs, developers and SMEs, to submit their proposals by July 15, 2014, through the website of Copernicus Masters:


Hisdesat was founded in 2001 as operator of government services by satellite to act primarily in the areas of defense, security, intelligence and foreign affairs. Since 2005, the company provides secure satellite communications to government agencies of different countries and is currently developing new satellites in two areas: Earth Observation and Information of the worldwide maritime traffic by satellite (AIS). More information:

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