By Nina Walker
Edinburgh, 20 April 2022. – Space4Impact, EPFL’s Space Center eSpace, E2MC Ventures, and Space Innovation joined forces to launch an online course on the New Space Economy. The program is available on edX as a free EPFLx course. Learners can watch more than 30 video lectures by space experts from various domains within startups, academia, the private sector, and public institutions in Switzerland.
The third week of the course is titled “Remote sensing for Earth applications”. Valentina Tamburello, the project coordinator at the SpaceHub of the University of Zurich, gives an introduction on how society can benefit from Earth Observation (EO). Her colleague, Claudia Röösli, Head of the National Point of Contract for Satellite Images (NPOC) in Switzerland dives deeper into the EO programs provided by the European Commission and ESA. The returning lecturer Andrea Alberti, Project manager at PMOD/WRC, completes the introduction on EO infrastructures and payloads.
To provide concrete applications of EO, Irene Garonna and Rogier de Jong from Swiss Re describe in their lecture how EO data is used within the reinsurance industry. Watch their video below. Prof. Devis Tuia from EPFL explains how EO can be used in cities for urban development. Finally, Martin Fenglerthe CEO of the company Meteomatics, describes how satellite data and drones can be used to create high-resolution weather models.
If you wish to sign up to the free New Space Economy course, visit the site by clicking here.