MyGalileoDrone contest open for submissions – Drones Information


The European GNSS Agency (GSA), the European Commission’s operational agency for Galileo and EGNOS, is launching its MyGalileoDrone competition on July 17th.

This competition aims to design and develop drone-based applications or services using a Galileo-enabled receiver that addresses key EU priorities such as the Green Deal and supports the EU recovery plan for Europe. First ideas should be submitted by August 31. A wide participation of all Member States is expected.

The MyGalileoDrone competition aims to use the EU’s spirit of innovation to provide applications and services to increase Europe’s competitiveness, resilience and sustainability.

Applications should use and demonstrate the added value of Galileo, such as B. Increased accuracy, availability and robustness of the position as well as integrity for a solution based on drone operations.

Drone applications: seize the business opportunity

The market for drone applications and services is growing rapidly and revenues from European drone services are expected to reach EUR 250 million by 2025. European demand is expected to create a nominal EUR 10 billion annually by 2035 and over EUR 15 billion annually by 2050 more than 100,000 jobs.

With GNSS receivers that are implemented on almost all new commercial drones, Galileo and EGNOS
The added value is critical to the development and growth of drone services and applications.

In addition to designing and developing the application, participants should prepare their drone-based application or service for commercial launch. The solution should use Galileo to provide position fixation. The use of EGNSS is understood in a broader sense, and Galileo can be integrated into the flight platform, ground control station or other devices that support operations, such as a smartphone or even within the framework of U-Space services.

“GNSS is a key technology in this segment that ensures robust navigation and reliability for a variety of applications. The MyGalileoDrone competition aims to provide oxygen to European SMEs and entrepreneurs who innovate. It will create jobs and growth in this promising market, ”said Pascal Claudel, acting managing director of GSA.

Emphasis on EU priorities

In times of post-COVID recovery focus, submissions should target applications and services
that supports important EU priorities, but the sky is the limit. The GSA is looking for groundbreaking ideas for applications such as intelligent mobility, sustainable agriculture or environmental protection or for solutions that use synergies between 5G and space data or support the Internet of Things or why not the next big thing.

As competition will be wide-ranging, broad participation of national and regional ecosystems through companies and research institutions in all Member States is expected.

What is on offer?

The first prize in the MyGalileoDrone competition is EUR 100,000, of which EUR 60,000
for the second EUR 40,000 for the third and a fourth prize of EUR 30,000.

After the official start on July 17th, applicants have until August 31st to submit their applications. The projects selected to advance into the development phase of the competition will be announced on September 15th. You have until November 30 to develop a demo version of your proposed application or service.

In the final, the selected teams will conduct a live demo and present their ideas to investors.

During the development process, applicants receive mentoring and coaching from recognized experts in the drone market. These experts will accompany you in the creation of your application, develop tests and prepare yourself from a business point of view to attract investors and enter the market.

To register or get more information, visit the competition page on the GSA website.

About the European GNSS Agency (GSA)

As the official regulatory agency of the European Union, the European GNSS Agency (GSA) manages public interests related to European GNSS programs. GSA’s mission is to support the goals of the European Union and to achieve the highest return on European GNSS investments in terms of user benefits, economic growth and competitiveness.

More information is available on the GSA website.

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