17.04.24 DCU Alpha & ESA

The final 3 Challenges for the ESA Makerspace with up-to 30K in funding for Satellite communications

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

This SatCom IoT opportunity might be of interest to you!  The third call for the European Space Agency (ESA) MakerSpace here at DCU Alpha is about to happen with 3 challenges in the SatCom IoT space and you will own any intellectual property (IP) generated. Up to €30K is available for each challenge to help you build a demonstration model. This is an opportunity for you to address challenges relating to the development and deployment of IoT capabilities across the satellite communications sector. See further project information here – https://artes.esa.int/news/maker-space-kicks-dublin


The final 3 challenges are as follows but are subject to change.

Press here for the non-negotiable contract to be signed by the awarded organisation.


Challenge 5 (re-issuesd from Call 2)

Update Bluetooth beacon software over satellite

Download Project Brief here

Application references




Challenge 9 (re-issuesd from Call 2)

VDES (VHF data exchange system) Maritime communication project

Download Project Brief here

Application references



Challenge 10 (New call)

Utilizing satcom in educational technology development

Download Project Brief here

Application references



https://earth.esa.int/web/guest/eo-education- and-trainingweb/eo- edu/education-for- schools


https://www.education.com/science-fair/earth- space-science/ 


To help you get a better understanding of the challenges and what’s involved we plan on facilitating a webinar on Wednesday 25th April at 1pm where we will explain the above challenges and answer any questions you may have.  Please email me (terence.bowden@dcu.ie) if you wish to join the webinar and I’ll forward the details.

The closing date for returning the ‘Project Outline Document’ is the 9th May at 12 noon. Email myself if you which me to email the document to you.



Wed 25th April at 1:00pm     Webinar, email Terence.Bowden@dcu.ie if you wish to join.

Thur 9th May at 12:00pm     ‘Project Outline Document’  email to terence.bowden@dcu.ie

Fri 25th May                            Awarding organisations to be announced.

Fri 1st June                              Non-negotiable contract to be signed.



Second call for up to 30K funding to develop IoT solutions for Satellite Communications

ESA Maker Space first call

ESA and DCU partnership to fuel Irish innovation



Terence Bowden

Community & Business Development


Old Finglas Road


Dublin 11


E:   terence.bowden@dcu.ie

W:  www.dcualpha.ie