Global Earth Observation Challenge

Come up with new business ideas based on Satellite Data!

This Challenge is now over, find out about the results here!

Innovate in New Businesses based on Satellite Data!

You are a driven start-up ready to take on a challenge that uses the best technology and a unique approach? You have great ideas to develop new and creative businesses out of it? Then, this challenge is for you!

Airbus Defence and Space invites all international start-ups to join the Airbus GEO Challenge competition and present their innovative answer to the following question:


How to create added value for new businesses, primarily based on Airbus satellite data?


Finalists start-ups will have the chance to pitch their pioneering project in front of Airbus Defence and Space Executives and selected stakeholders. The winners will be rewarded with satellite data vouchers worth up to €50,000! Participating in this challenge could also be the opportunity to be integrated into the Airbus BizLab, the global aerospace business accelerator.


This is a great opportunity to get your start-up off the ground! Ready to take off?

From Satellite Imagery to Business Solutions

For over 30 years now, Airbus Defence and Space is providing decision makers with sustainable solutions to increase security, optimise mission planning and operations, boost performance, improve management of natural resources and protect the environment.

In this context, Airbus Defence and Space encourages you to work on one of the below themes, which have been identified as important topics for the global population. However, it does not mean that you cannot tackle other themes should you think they are relevant to answer the above task!

Focus on One of the Following Themes


Satellite-based monitoring for 

improved forest management

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Supporting productive and 

sustainable agriculture practices

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Smart Cities

Make urban areas 

a better place to live in

More information


Maritime surveillance from 

coastal areas to open seas

More information

Any Other Markets

A theme from 

your choosing! 

More information

Your Mission

Should you accept it!

Using Airbus Defence and Space Earth observation data, you will have to think and conceive a new business, primarily based on satellite imagery. Click HERE to access all the resources and information!

We have listed below some questions that you could answer to start imagining your business model: 

  •   Does this business model already exist?
  •   If it doesn't: What added value will it bring to the prospective users, the ecosystems and the population?
  •   If it does: How can it be enhanced by the use of Airbus Defence and Space data set?
  •   How does the business fit in the ecosystem?
  •   Is it technically feasible?


Don't hesitate to think outside the box! If built correctly, brand new and original businesses will be most valued. But please keep in mind that it is mandatory that the creation of your business mobilises Airbus Defence and Space resources. This will be an important criterion to succeed in this challenge! 

What's at Stake?

Great opportunities for all finalists to be introduced to key Airbus Executives and access to Airbus satellite imagery!

  • 1st
  • 2nd
  • 3rd
  • 4th
  • 5th

Pitch in front of the Top Management and enjoy a privileged time during the Final Event to share and discuss your ideas with the company's decision makers!

Get introduced to your future clients, partners and suppliers through business collaboration with Airbus Defence and Space. 


The challenge winner will receive a voucher worth €50,000 for satellite data (imagery, Elevation Model, etc) and coaching for the development of their start-up!


The second winner will receive a voucher worth €20,000 for satellite data (imagery, Elevation Model, etc).


The third winner will receive a voucher worth €15,000 for satellite data (imagery, Elevation Model, etc).


The fourth winner will receive a voucher worth €10,000 for satellite data (imagery, Elevation Model, etc).


The fifth winner will receive a voucher worth €5,000 for satellite data (imagery, Elevation Model, etc).

About Intelligence

The Intelligence Programme Line of Airbus Defence and Space is the supplier of choice for commercial satellite imagery, C2ISR systems and related services. Airbus Defence and Space has unrivalled expertise in satellite imagery acquisition, data processing, fusion, dissemination and intelligence extraction allied to significant command and control capabilities. The company is able to create a comprehensive situational awareness picture and deliver sophisticated end-to-end solutions across all commercial, institutional and defence markets. Based upon exclusive commercial access to Pléiades, SPOT, TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X satellites, combined with broad applications experience, the company delivers an extensive portfolio spanning the entire geo-information value chain.


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Grand Final

Finalists’ presentations, award ceremony and a networking session with Airbus executives!