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Copernicus Masters bigger than ever

06 April 2017

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This year's Copernicus Masters competition is now open. With prizes totalling more than €1.5 million, the chance to design and launch a small satellite mission and much more, Europe's leading competition for the novel use of Earth observation has never been so impressive.

The vast amounts of data produced by Europe's Copernicus environmental monitoring programme and its Sentinel satellites is leading to an ever-increasing number of products and applications for a widening array of businesses.

Since 2011, ESA with the support of Germany's AZO has organised the annual Copernicus Masters competition to inspire and help entrepreneurs bring their innovations to market.

It is the largest competition for the commercial use of Earth observation and awards outstanding ideas, applications and business concepts that make use of bespoke information in everyday life.

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Satellites shed new light on earthquakes

 24 March 2017

Satellite radar scans of last year's earthquake in New Zealand are changing the way we are thinking about earthquake hazards in regions where our planet's tectonic plates meet.
Sentinel-1Kaikoura quake
The 7.8-magnitude quake that struck New Zealand's South Island near the town of Kaikoura on 14 November was one of the most comprehensively recorded earthquakes in history.