In the recent era, earth observation data and digital application development is the most promising field of innovation. The FabSpace Darmstadt team is also working hard to make things happen in a digital form by incorporation satellite imagery and geo-information. In this regard FabSpace 2.0 Darmstadt organized the second Open Day at Darmstadt University of Technology from 10th to 13th July. The whole session was four day long theoretical and practical learnings on Radar Remote Sensing. There were more than 20 participants attended the program and most of them studying at TU Darmstadt.

In the first day, participants were gathered knowledge on the basics of Radar Remote Sensing with special focus on bands, frequency and wavelengths of different radar satellite imagery. It was also discussed in brief about different space born SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) satellite since 1978 and their data properties. At the end of the day participants got an overview on SAR system and their application in the field of classification and monitoring Earth deformation caused by earthquakes, volcanic activities, and subsidence etc. The FabSpace laboratory also offers easy access to SAR datasets and ready to use software and tools to do such complex operations. The laboratory is well equipped with physical server and geo-server including all necessary software installed which can give remote access to the users for high speed computation.           

In the next day, the technical discussion was little deeper in the field of radar polarimetry at the laboratory. It is introduced to the participants the principles of different radar systems of transmit/receive (i.e. single, dual, alternating and polarimetric) of polarization combinations. In general, the session summarized how radar imagery collects different and complementary information using different wavelength and polarization combination. In the third day the main topic was SAR interferometry and practical exercise on interferogram generation. The technical session introduced how theoretically and practically InSAR observations measure Earth’s surface in a dynamic way. In principle SAR techniques observe a same point on the ground more than two times in a slightly different angle and then it is possible to calculate difference between these radar images to detect horizontal and vertical surface movement in millimeter scale. A powerful remote sensing technique Persistent Scatterer Interferometry (PSI) is more precise measurement of Earth’s surface displacement over time. Therefore, the last topic of the Open Day was the review of such PSI techniques and practical exercise on PS point generation. It was also demonstrated if the PS density is low then how artificial corner reflectors can be used to generate a good interferometric phase.

In the conclusion, participants were examined by oral presentation and their performance in the exercises. The conceptual understandings and the opportunities of using radar remote sensing has been debated in the whole session. Moreover, the business potentials of innovating solutions out of this complex science has been generalized.      

Nevertheless, FabSpace Darmstadt with all other FabSpaces in Europe continuously energizing young enthusiast for geo-data driven innovation and the Open Day was a part of it. To join any event and to follow FabSpace activity, please look at the following websites.


FabSpace Darmstadt had a great Opening of their first Startup week. OB Mr. Jochen Partsch was the special guest.

On Monday, 26.06.2017, the FabSpace team of Darmstadt launched its major Innovation Event (IE) for 2017. The Startup week was being planned for almost half a year ago and was kicked off at the booth of Software AG during CeBit 2017 together with the federal ministry of economic affairs, Brigitte Zypries and the former German ESA astronaut Thomas Reiter. Software AG is also supporting and sponsoring a special prize as trip to Silicon Valley for the best innovation. 

The Opening day of the Startup Week was a big success with more than 50 attendees during the entire day. Next to Software AG, FabSpace also welcomed EUMETSAT, Merck, T-Systems, Spacenus GmbH and Hessen Trade & Invest as additional sponsors. Beside the opportunity to take part in the FabSpace bootcamp the best solution can also win a trip to Silicon Valley sponsored by Software AG. 

The team of FabSpace Darmstadt organized an interactive exhibition together with several presentations and a relaxing lounge to create a unique startup atmosphere. The modern and purist auditorium of the TU Darmstadt Campus was used to host the first day.

On left Jürgen Powik (Software AG) and on right Sascha Heising was enjoing relaxing conditions in the “lounge”. 

On top of that the Darmstadt FabSpace team was overhelemed by the presence of the special guest, the Mayor of Darmstadt, Mr. Jochen Partsch. He underlined the importance of the local FabSpace in Darmstadt and its connections to several institutions towards startup creation. Furthermore, he also pointed out the role of earth observation for the upcoming tasks fostered by “Digitalstadt Darmstadt”. The identified fields of applications, like smart transportation will also be a new playground for FabSpace in the future. To find out more about Digitalstadt click here.

The Mayor of Darmstadt, Jochen Partsch during his speech at FabSpace 2.0 Darmstadt Startup week 2017. (photo: Thomas)

After the speech of Mr. Jochen Partsch, Prof. Becker and Dr. Zimmermann (both FabSpace 2.0) was also gave speech and introduced FabSpace concept. The audience also listened to a keynote by Mr. Michael Linke from ESA/ESOC who talked about Earth Observation applications in general.

Prof. Matthias Becker talked about the benefits of the FabSpace for the university. (photo: Thomas)

Dr. Frank Zimmermann 

Dr. Frank Zimmermann welcomed everybody in the name of cesah GmbH. (photo: Thomas)

In his Keynote Mr. Linke was trying to draw the big picture to give impressive examples of what earth observation can do. Of course, he focused also on the various benefits of the Copernicus program and data from the Sentinel satellites.

Michael Linke during his speech highlighting the importance of Copernicus program and Sentinel data. (photo: Thomas)

The organization of the program in the open hall during lecture time was allowing students to stop by and have a look, which was also very interactive. After lunch, the event continued in its innovative structure with networking at booths of the sponsors and parallel interaction in live presentations.

 Lothar Schüller from EUMETSAT (photo: cesah)

“The interest of the participating students was impressive, both on data and services from EUMETSAT but also on EUMETSAT as a working place for their future”, describes Lothar Schüller from EUMETSAT about the atmosphere of the first day. You can also watch the video of the first day to see some highlights.

Please watch the video of the first day to see some highlights.

Afterwards, all the participants followed an introduction for the upcoming days by Bayzidul Islam and Sascha Heising. Beside some organizational aspects the focus was on a balanced team building and the definition of challenges that the teams want to tackle. The 1st workshop day started with an hour long webinar sponsored by T-Systems and a brainstorming session to unmark the field.

The fruitful atmosphere of the opening event of the FabSpace 2.0 Darmstadt Startup week 2017. (photo: cesah)


Good news on the final days before the beginning of the startup week. EUMETSAT will also join us on the Opening event and we're pleased to have them with us. 


T-Systems also joins the FabSpace Startup week opening and Dr. Jury de la Mar will present the Open Telecom Cloud and the benefits for space related activities. 


To all the ones involved at startup week 2017. You'll receive detail information via mail after the registration closes. Stay tuned!


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