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Space Tech Innovators find solutions for Industrial, Social And Environmental Problems in Gravity Challenge

12 October 2021: Space tech innovators have proposed solutions to world-changing problems from climate change to healthcare supply chain management across the globe as part of round 03 of the GRAVITY Challenge.

GRAVITY Challenge is a global technology innovation program that connects startups, entrepreneurs, and universities with businesses and governments to solve real world business challenges using space enabled data, technology, and capability.

Space tech enthusiasts from Australia, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany, France, Luxemburg, Austria, Poland, Hungary, Romania, and the Czech Republic, were challenged as part of GRAVITY 03 to solve challenges from 12 different organisations.

GRAVITY HQ is hosted at the Lot Fourteen innovation precinct in Adelaide, the epicentre of Australia’s space industry, supported by the South Australian Government and home to the Australian Space Agency.

Deloitte Australia Head of Innovation and Space Leader Jason Bender said this year’s challenge had garnered some of the most innovative solutions from top space tech talent across the globe, with great cross-collaboration between innovators and the organisations setting the challenges.

“What we’ve seen this year from innovators is a raft of inspired thinking that disrupts and innovates to offer tangible solutions to real world issues, through deep thinking and potential application,” Mr Bender said.

“Innovation is thriving despite the shock of the pandemic across the globe with organisations reminded of just how important it is to be future focused in times of crisis.

“The GRAVITY Challenge continues to provide an environment for innovators from the space ecosystem to grow new ideas to complex problems and potentially create new jobs to boost economies across the world.”

Amazon Web Services (AWS) Australia and New Zealand Country Director, Worldwide Public Sector, Iain Rouse said cloud computing is already playing a role in the next frontier of space exploration, communication, and innovation.

“Cloud technology is changing how some organisations collect, store, and analyse vast amounts of space generated data to help to redefine research, make decisions, and deliver industry-focused solutions that are addressing societal challenges. The potential of space data to help organisations tackle complex issues on Earth can continue to grow, as the cloud makes accelerated analysis and decision making possible,” Mr Rouse said.

“It has been a privilege to observe the GRAVITY Challenge Space innovators and witness the innovation first-hand, notably the use of space-sourced data to address problems like agriculture management, environmental hazard reduction, and marine life preservation.”

Rural Bank CEO Alexandra Gartmann said GRAVITY 03 has teased out some great solutions from innovators challenged with equipping Australian farmers with climate management tools to build resilience and strengthen business viability.

“GRAVITY Challenge 03 has been a unique opportunity for Rural Bank to access global innovators and cutting-edge data to address a critical challenge facing Australian farmers – building climate management tools to build resilience and strengthen business viability,” Ms Gartmann said.

“Innovation has long been a strong feature of Australian agriculture and more recently, technologies such as data processing and modelling, satellite technology and meteorological measurement have enabled Australian agriculture to become a more modern and precise industry.

“Climate change poses a significant risk to the future sustainability of food and fibre production globally as well as in Australia, and by extension, the thousands of communities that rely on the sustainability of the agricultural value chain for their economic and social prosperity.

“By engaging creative thinkers to reimagine solutions leveraging space data, we will better enable farmers to measure and manage emissions and adaptation actions, while also strengthening our understanding of climate risks across our own business.”

Challenger organisation, Roche Australia, set the task of driving better access to healthcare services and supplies. Innovators were asked to use real-time satellite data to support supply chain management, ultimately ensuring Roche customers receive the lifesaving medications and treatments they need, such as oncology treatments.

Dr Emmanuel G Escobar, a member of the innovator team Seanasol Consortium realised he would be impacted by the challenge itself after arriving at a rural hospital for treatment for lymphoma, only to learn his medicine had not yet arrived.

“It was in transit from the pharmacy where it was originally delivered to and not where patients were relocated because of COVID,” Dr Escobar said.

“Over the last 12 weeks we have built a solution that unlocks the best routes for the delivery of medicines and allows healthcare providers to have greater control of available treatments.

“Working as a multidisciplinary team proved to be what was needed in addressing this challenge, and allowed to fulfil the business outlook of the solution, leverage the capabilities of space technology, and capture our personal motivations for improving global health—but we achieved more than that; we formed a space where we could have open discussions and lead a project with collaboration in mind.

“And for that, GRAVITY is a wonderful medium for collaboration that encourages cross-industry interaction. Our team is especially grateful for the constructive feedback we received from our Deloitte mentors and the challenge provides, which have made our approach to solving this challenge unique. We are in a prime position to deliver better medicine access in Australia and already envisioning its applications worldwide.”

GRAVITY Challenge is supported by Deloitte, AWS, Government of South Australia, South Australian Space Industry Centre, Australian Space Agency, AgriFutures Australia, Geoscience Australia, Australian Space Data Analysis Facility, Lot Fourteen, Airbus, Maxar Technologies, Southern Launch, Saber Astronautics, SmartSat CRC, xOrigin, Satellite Applications Catapult and Stone & Chalk.

Participating countries this year include Australia, Japan, United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Luxemburg, Austria, Poland, Hungary, Romania and the Czech Republic.

**Full list of challenges for GRAVITY 03 below.

**Full list of Challenges

Note: Challenge Champions are teams who have been selected to continue conversations around scaling their proposed solutions by their challenger organisation. Finalists are teams that submitted proposed solutions but will not continue further with their challenger organisation.  

Organisation

Challenge

Finalists and Challenge Champions

AWS

How can developers leverage artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies for image analysis on orbit to accelerate and improve the identification and analysis of a high value event of interest (e.g. plumes of smoke indicating a warning of bush fire), and optimise efficiency of the delivery of intelligence to users on Earth?

Little Place Labs – Challenge Champions

Bardsley X

SOS: How might we save our soils and regenerate degraded land?

Land Restoration Project – Challenge Champions

Tenchijin – Challenge Champions

ConstellR - Finalist

WEO - Finalist

German Automotive OEM

Connected Supply Chain (track & trace of trucks) Real-Time Transport Tracking and Predictive Route-planning for overall operational Improvement of the Connected Supply Chain.

Logistics.cloud - Finalist

City of Aachen

City of Aachen, like many other cities in the metropolitan region of North Rhine-Westphalia is confronted by environmental effects caused by congested urban traffic and particulate matter pollution. The goal is to help us find new de-carbonization options for example by introducing an improved traffic flow.

Arup – Finalist

Electranet

Clear on transmission line clearance. Help us accurately detect electricity line sag to ensure public and environment safety and enable greater renewable energy output.

Frazer-Nash – Challenge Champion

Luftansa Technik

Lufthansa Technik wants to look at the future scenario of aircraft connectivity, which is currently limited by the state-of-the-art technologies (usually satellite communication) and do not provide passengers with the same quality of service they are used to outside an aircraft cabin. The goal is to help us find new options and ways to enable the next generation of aircraft connectivity for example by looking at new communication technologies in flight

SNUS - Finalist

Celestial – Finalist

NASA Harvest

Crop Type Mapping - NASA Harvest, faces the challenge to correctly identify the crops detected in satellite imagery. To tackle this challenge, ground-based teams have collected additional data points in the format of images and other information to be mapped with the satellite data. The primary goal is to map this additional data to the satellite imagery and create high quality labels.

nDSpace – Challenge Champion

 

Responsible Risk

Valuing Nature - better assessing financial risk: Dynamic data is needed for Investors to describe both impacts on Natural Capital assets & dependencies on Eco-system Services.

Frontierra- Finalist

Treeconomy – Challenge Champion

Roche Products

Driving Better Access of Healthcare Services and Supplies. How can real-time satellite data support supply chain management to drive better access to healthcare services and supply?

Seanasol Consortium – Challenge Champion

 

Rural Bank

Equip Australian farmers with climate management tools to build resilience and strengthen business viability.

Mullion Group – Challenge Champion

Agtuary - Finalist

UK Hydrographic Office & Whale and Dolphin Conservation

Optimisation of satellite and environmental data to minimise vessel strikes on marine mammals during port approach and departures.

Operation Green- Finalist

Helyx SIS Ltd. – Challenge Champion

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