Learn the basics of Earth Observation in these 4 workshops

by | Mar 16, 2021 | Earth Observation, Events, SBIC News

SBIC Noordwijk, together with experts from the space industry, will host four specialised Earth Observation (EO) workshops aimed at entrepreneurs and other space enthusiasts. Every week, you’ll get closer to knowing everything you need to know about earth observation.

We will host these workshops with experts from Airbus, Netherlands Space Office, S&T and Verhaert. Also, successful ESA BIC alumni companies OPT/NET and BlackShore will host a session.

You can join any number of workshops, but you need to register for them separately. They are free of charge.

APRIL 16 – Understand EO Data and Services

Time: 10.00 – 11.30 AM

This workshop will focus on all the basic information you need in order to get started using Earth Observation data. You will learn what EO data and services are, and how they can be accessed and used.

Topics that will be discussed during the workshop are:

• Types of EO imagery, both passive and active

• Important parameters and trade-offs related to satellites and EO data

• Overview of various current and near future EO satellite systems

• Where and how to get access to data

• Examples of EO data applications

Workshop host: Edo Loenen (S&T)

Edo Loenen is Product Manager Remote Monitoring Services at Science [&] Technology. S[&]T searches for optimal and innovative ways of data use, through their Intelligent Software Applications.

APRIL 30 – Learn from Success Stories

You will discover how existing Copernicus-enabled services and applications have been developed and deployed.

Time: 10:00 – 12:00 AM

Workshop host: Taras Matselyukh (OPT/NET)

Workshop 2 will consist of two parts. The first presentation will be given by Taras Matselyukh, CEO and founder of OPT/NET B.V. OPT/NET B.V. specializes in advanced AI Platforms. Taras will present his company, explain two large scale projects under the EC Horizon 2020 funding – using Copernicus services – and reveal its personal success stories.

Hans van 't Woud
Workshop host: Hans van ‘t Woud (Blackshore)

After the first presentation, Hans van ‘t Woud, CEO and founder of BlackShore, will introduce you to the world of the crowdsourced interpretation of satellite data and aerial imagery. Hans will focus on EO projects linked to the sustainable urban development.

May 21 – Access to EO Data

Time: 10:00 – 13:00

This workshop will introduce you to two major satellite data portals: the Open Satellite Data Portal, provided by The Netherlands Space Office, and Sobloo, provided by Airbus.

a. Introduction to Open Satellite Data Portal

The Netherlands Space Office (NSO) is the space agency of the government of the Netherlands. The quantity and quality of satellite data is increasing rapidly. This creates opportunities for developers and for governments. In this workshop you will be taken into the spatial world of satellite data.

Workshop host: Kathelijne Beenen (Netherlands Space Office)

Kathelijne Beenen, advisor Satellite Application at NSO, uses examples to show what is already possible in practice and how you can make smart use of satellite data provided in the satellite data portal.

b. Introduction to Sobloo

Sobloo is one of the five Data and Information Access Services (DIAS) online platforms, that allow users to discover, manipulate, process and download Copernicus data and information. This Copernicus DIAS platform was launched by Airbus in cooperation with their partners Orange Business Services and Capgemini.

Outline of the workshop:

  • Journey through Sobloo: presentation, overview of the main features and interfaces
  • 3 examples of Copernicus data usage
  • Going beyond : Airbus DS’ digital ecosystem : respective positioning of Sobloo + OneAtlas + UP42
  • Focus on UP42
Workshop hosts:  Ludovic Augé, Dias Sobloo Project and Product Manager, and Diego Pozo Morillas, Dias Sobloo Production Manager.

Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. Airbus Defence and Space is a leader in European space business and an international pioneer in Earth observation services.

2 Sobloo desktops will be available to participants for a free trial after the presentation.

June 4 – EO Funding Programs

During this workshop, you will learn about various ways to fund your Earth Observation business.

Time: 10:00 – 11:00 AM

In 40 minutes it will show you what to look out for in programs and specific entities, it will guide you through the decision process so that you are able to choose a suitable grant for you, and it will share the lessons learned from applying to different programs and being part of various evaluation panels.

Outline of the workshop:

  • 10 commandments to apply for any grant
  • The new Horizon Europe and EIC: is it something for you?
  • Other possible partners to have a look at
Workshop host: Pieter Deleye (Verhaert)

Pieter Deleye is the Business Development Manager Technology Transfer at Verhaert New Products & Services. He has rich experience applying for and assisting with multiple European projects in the field of access to finance, NewSpace entrepreneurship (Copernicus & CASSINI), and the latest Green Deal.

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