European GPS can help respond to Earth’s challenges

The Galileo Masters is an initiative founded by Space of Innovation, the German Aerospace Center and the Bavarian Ministry of Economy, Media, Energy, and Technology.

Monitoring and reducing COVID-19 using space technology is one of the premises of the international Galileo Masters competition, which will reward new projects in the service of several areas that use data from Galileo, the European Union’s satellite navigation system.

In Portugal, the Pedro Nunes Institute (IPN), as a regional partner in the competition, will provide advice to those interested in applying. The application period is open until 30 June.

In this competition companies, researchers, entrepreneurs, or students with new ideas are invited to participate that can respond to economic and social challenges. Areas such as health, transport, traffic management or logistics, are some that fit the competition.

It is in this sense that, in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, space technology can play an important role in combating the new coronavirus. Known as the “European GPS”, by freely providing navigation data of high precision and quality in real-time, Galileo can help to monitor and reduce the impact of the new coronavirus. Therefore, the competition encourages the submission of projects that can combat the pandemic.


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