Win up to €230,000 for Drone Application Developers in the European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency MyGalileoDrone Competition 2020

For drone application developers and service providers, join this contest to learn about the Galileo potential by designing, developing, testing and preparing for commercial launch, a drone-based application or service capable of providing a position or time fix by using a Galileo-enabled receiver.

Winners of the competition will receive a total monetary prize of €230,000. 

 Application Deadline:  August 31, 2020


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Individual members of the participating teams in the finals will receive a certificate of reaching the final.

A total of Euros 230,000 will be awarded to the winning teams as follow:

  • 1st Prize- €100,000
  • 2nd Prize- €60,000 
  • 3rd Prize- €40,000
  • 4th Prize- €30,000


The contest is open to 

  • Teams of one to seven members, comprising of individual persons or legal entities
    • Natural persons applicants must be citizens of EU Members States or citizens of Switzerland or Norway. 
    • For a legal entity, its central administration or registered office must be located in an EU Member State or in Switzerland or Norway
  • Applicants aged 18 years or older, by the date of registration to the contest.


    • Prizes will be awarded in accordance with the principles of transparency and equal treatment.
    • The GSA reserves the right to propose an additional Prize under the present Terms of Reference at any time until the closure of the First step review.
    • Each team must appoint a team coordinator to serve as the contact point and represent the team towards GSA.
    • Each participating team is required to propose an application/service targeting one of the following innovation areas:
      • Drones for European Green Deal:
        • Robust drone automated navigation solutions
        • Smart mobility solutions supporting reduction of congestions and more
        • Efficient and sustainable transport, such as urban air mobility, VTOL, air taxis or package delivery
        • Support to sustainable maritime and railway transportation, such as emissions monitoring, surveillance at sea, inland waterways operations
        • Field to Fork strategies on sustainable food, such as applications supporting precision agriculture
        • Applications in support of preserving Europe’s natural environment, such as monitoring of natural assets.
      • Drones for European Digital Strategy
        • U-Space services leveraging artificial intelligence: U-space is a set of new
        • Services relying on a high level of digitalisation and automation of functions and specific procedures designed to support safe, efficient and secure access to airspace for large numbers of drones.
        • Internet of Things, e.g. intelligent interconnected drones exchanging information with other resources in low power context
        • Drones services to enable digital connectivity, also in remote and rural areas
        • Operations that leverage synergies between 5G and Space data
        • Efficient and digital surveying: Cadastral surveying, mining, marine surveying, GIS, photogrammetry
        • Infrastructure inspection and maintenance: Power grid, transport network energy distribution, solar panels inspection, offshore platforms, wind farms, etc.
      • Drones to Protect our European way of life:
        • Applications supporting efficient search and rescue operations, such as search in remote areas
        • First-aid drones and medicine delivery
        • Support to firefighting, other natural disaster monitoring (e.g. floods, forest fires, earthquakes, etc), patrol, security, etc
        • Efficient support to migration processes and border operations.
      • Drones for Resilience & the European Recovery:
          • eHealth: e.g. delivery of samples, medicines, tests, disinfection 

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Application Instructions

To apply, 

  • Read the Terms of Reference as all the requirements for application are described in it.
  • Download the Application form
  • Fulfill all requirements and complete all the forms before submitting your application.
  • Click here to apply

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About the European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency MyGalileoDrone Competition

The MyGalileoDrone Competition is centered on stimulating drone application developers and service providers to learn about the Galileo potential and create new tools that could be exploited also in future projects.

For emerging winners, the contest will allow contestants to have innovative applications and services based on drones and powered by Galileo, out in the market and being used in the real world, hence showcasing Galileo performance and benefits, fostering its introduction into this new market.

The goal of the competition is to foster the understanding of the use of Galileo in a broad sense. 

The competition is open to integration of Galileo in any of the drone components or other equipment supporting the operations, that is, the flying platform (autopilot or other payload), the ground control station, or any other devices supporting the implementation of the application, such as smartphones, as well as external ones, such as U-Space services.

Applications targeting any of the following development areas are expected:

  • Urban air mobility

Personal transportation services in urban areas, in the longer term

  • Parcel delivery & eCommerce

Drones supporting package delivery, as support to post services or transport of goods, from warehouses to dedicated landing sites, or to customer’s home in urban environment in the longer term.

Infrastructure, Inspection Power grid, transport network energy distribution, solar panels inspection, offshore platforms, wind farms, etc.

  • Leisure

Toys, aero-modelling, self-tracking/filming drones (first person view), drone racing, etc.

  • Maritime surveillance

Provision of a situational awareness in maritime areas through long-endurance drones.

  • Agriculture

Precision agriculture, crop/field/soil monitoring, variable rate applications, livestock tracking, insurance, forest monitoring & management, etc.

  • Surveying

Cadastral surveying, mining, marine surveying, GIS, photogrammetry, etc.

  • Emergency management

Support to SAR (Search and Rescue) operations, firefighting, other natural disaster monitoring (e.g. floods, forest fires, earthquakes, etc), patrol, security, etc.

  • Scientific applications

Meteorological monitoring, atmospheric measurements, swarm techniques, general R&D, etc.

  • Traffic Management

Flight planning, tracking, assistance to deconfliction, separation, surveillance, traffic information, capacity management, interface with ATC and manned aviation

  • U-Space services

Applications supporting e-identification, geoawareness, geofencing, operation planning, detect and avoid, incident reporting as well as other supporting future drone operations.

  • Other applications

Calibration of aviation nav-aids, asset management, advertisement, marketing, entertainment, etc.

Discover more opportunities from EU Agency for the Space Program (EUASPA).

Key Dates and Order of Program

  • 31st August 2020-  Deadline for application 
  • 15th September 2020- Phase 1: Evaluation and Announcement of teams to proceed to development phase 
  • 30th November 2020- Phase 2 App/Service Development with submission of prototypes/demonstrators
  • 15th December 2020- Evaluation Phase 2 and announcement of selected teams to proceed to Finals
  • 28th January 2021- Competition Final

The following criteria will be considered for the assessment of the projects along the three steps of the contest: 

  • Innovation: Is this kind of application or service not yet available on the market? Is the application technologically advanced (e.g. using multi-frequency, innovative algorithms)?
  • Market potential: Is this application / service marketable after repackaging this idea into a real service? Is there a potential market demand/customer base for this product? 
  • Galileo-relevance: Is the application / service making use of Galileo? Is the increased accuracy offered by Galileo relevant for the application? Is the increased robustness provided by multi-constellation / multi- frequency relevant for the application? 
  • Technical feasibility and service readiness: What is the level of progress since the start of the contest? Has the required level of completion for the phase been fully achieved?1 Is the applications/service ready to be delivered in the market?
  • Address regional development needs: Does the solution address needs of regional markets or improve the offer available in regional markets for the services proposed to be provided by the drone-based solution? In case additional authorisation are needed from the relevant national authority, are they identified and is the plan to achieve them credible?

The proposals will be evaluated by the GSA evaluation board composed by GSA experts of the main innovation areas who will choose a maximum of thirty (30) projects to proceed to the second step: development phase M1.

Selected teams will be announced on the official contest site and promoted in other official channels.

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