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“Satellite Ecosystem Analysis”, a software simulation tool for communication using IoT, wins the European Space Hackathon #EUROAVIAMission 2021

  • On the occasion of World Space Week, the European Association of Aerospace Engineering Students and the KIMbcn Foundation, with the collaboration of the European Space Agency, have organized this competition.
  • About 70 people have registered for the first edition of the contest on October 8 and 9.
  • Grouped in multidisciplinary teams, the participants had to solve in 24 hours one of the 4 challenges presented with proposals that apply space technology.

Barcelona, ​​October 9, 2021.- A real-time data delivery machine-to-machine searching the fastest route through Breadth-first search, has been the winning solution of the first edition of the EUROAVIA Mission hackathon, an initiative organized by EUROAVIA and the KIMbcn Foundation in collaboration with ESA, and aimed at students, developers and creatives who, grouped in multidisciplinary teams, had to solve a challenge within 24 hours through a proposal that applies space technology.

The objective of this contest is to promote entrepreneurship, stimulate the creation of companies and promote the technology and data acquired in space to change the lives of citizens and boost employment. Students between 18 and 26 years of aerospace engineering and telecommunications, from more than 10 countries throughout Europe (Spain, Portugal, Italy, Holland, Germany, Sweden, Turkey, France, Finland and Switzerland) have been the participants in this first edition in virtual format, which has had a marked gender perspective, having more than 25% female participation and high-level experts among the mentors and members of the jury.

The participants have chosen between 4 high-level challenges that covered very varied topics, from achieving maximum geolocation precision (proposed by Rokubun), applying artificial intelligence techniques in satellite Earth observation data to obtain better results (proposed by EarthPulse), design a mission control software (proposed by Sateliot) or develop an App with Earth observation and geolocation data (proposed by EUSPA). Each and every one of these challenges has been selected according to their commercial potential and the generation of business initiatives.

The proposal of the winning team of the general category, “S.E.A”. of IVY-MIPE team, and the winning proposal of the EUROAVIA category, “ur SAT” of Cosmic Flares team, both members of EUROAVIA, sought to respond to the challenge of improving the methods, processes and tools established to control small satellite missions and thus facilitate entry of new commercial initiatives in the context of the New Space Economy.

The awards ranged from 2,000€ given by the Government of Catalonia, the Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (IEEC) and the i2CAT Foundation, Brisk learning module in space economy given by iSpace School, Six consulting hours given by Bufete Mas y Calvet to Fast track Business Model lab given by StartUB!.

About the entities

EuroaviaEUROAVIA is the European Association of Aerospace Students, representing the interests of over 2000 students. One of its goals is to promote European cooperation, to internationally represent European aerospace students and to acquaint student members with their future working environment stimulating contacts with the industry.



Knowledge Innovation Market - KIMFundación KIMbcn stimulates the knowledge economy in Spain and encourages open innovation through the promotion of innovation, training in new elements, the generation of content and the creation of opinion. It is the result of the union of forces between the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Services and Navigation and the LEITAT Technology Center.


Knowledge Innovation Market - KIM