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DFKI’s Yield consortium, an initiative of the InCubed co-funded AI4EO Solution Factory, uses satellite data and machine learning to predict agricultural output. Partners BASF, John Deere and MunichRe report promising initial results for their predictive models for crops in Europe and the Americas.

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Φ-lab is at the WebSummit event in Lisbon. If you are attending, pass by to discover more about our activities at stand E419 in Pavilion 4.


Finnish company ReOrbit has signed a contract with InCubed for co-funding the UKKO activity, the first phase of a programme for developing flight software and avionics for autonomous satellites. The intended customers are satellite manufacturers and operators in the EO and communications segments.

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ESA Ministerial Council in Paris.


Danish company DHI has received support from InCubed for the SiteObserver activity. This service will provide satellite-based surveillance for offshore wind farms, including data on seabed and coastal dynamics, vessel traffic, turbine direction and sedimentation patterns.


Development work has started on BODIS, an information service that uses SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) satellite data, combined with forecasting algorithms and geodata, to predict subsidence risk. BODIS is the brainchild of a consortium led by Netherlands-based SkyGeo, and is supported by InCubed.

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Giuseppe Borghi, Head of Φ-lab, is speaking at the NSE New Space Economy ExpoForum in Rome.


Spire is about to launch its Polarimetric Radio Occultation payload on a 3U-cubesat test mission. Supported by co-funding from InCubed and the Luxembourg Space Agency, collects data on rain patterns and aims to enhance the value and accuracy of global weather forecasts.


Beyond Gravity Sweden has signed an InCubed contract for co-funding the development of RoccS, a commercial radio occultation data service. Based on a GRAS-2 sensor on ESA’s MetOp-SG constellation, RoccS will sell atmospheric data to customers in the fields of weather forecasting and climate monitoring.


The first InCubed thematic call has been launched on the topic of Cultural and Natural Heritage. Companies are invited to submit promising business ideas for developing EO-related products and services that address challenges in this domain, with a particular focus on coastal areas. Deadline: 31 March 2023.

APRIL 2023

German company EOMAP has secured InCubed co-funding for continuing to develop EOSmart, an online solution for Earth observation-based monitoring of water resources. EOSmart transforms satellite-derived data into actionable insights that water managers can integrate into their routine operations.


Thales Alenia Space Italy will develop microDRCE (Digital Radar Central Electronics for Microsatellites) under InCubed co-funding. This highly flexible product will implement all the standard data acquisition modes as part of a configurable SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) sub-150-kg satellite constellation.

JUNE 2023
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We Make Future is at the Rimini Expo Centre in Italy. WMF is an all-encompassing annual event on digital, technological and social innovation. The gathering includes speakers, exhibitions, a B2B meeting area and a start-up competition. Φ-lab is there with its own stand full of exhibits, and Head of the Φ-lab Explore Office Pierre Philippe Mathieu is giving a speech.


The ESA InCubed programme has granted co-funding to AIRMO, enabling the German company to develop MicroLIDAR, a satellite with a greenhouse-gas detection payload. MicroLIDAR will allow companies, particularly in the oil and gas sector, to monitor emissions and leaks at their facilities in order to take appropriate action.

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ESA’s first-ever Earth Observation Commercialisation Forum is taking place at ESA Headquarters in Paris. Investors, institutions, entrepreneurs and companies of any size from the EO sector are coming together to discuss the commercial potential and challenges of Earth observation, together with the technical, industrial and risk-capital support available to European companies. Register here.