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NSTP-2 Call for Space Technology Proposals

On behalf of the UK Space Agency, the Centre for Earth Observation Instrumentation and Space Technology is pleased to announce the 2nd NSTP Space Technology Call for Technology Fast Track and Pathfinder projects, and a new opportunity to bid for Grants for Exploratory Ideas. The total budget available for projects to be funded through this Call is £3M.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 July 2014 12:21
CEOI 8th EO Technology Call

The Centre for EO Instrumentation and Space Technology (CEOI-ST) announces the release of the Eighth CEOI Call for Earth Observation Technology, Instrument and Mission Concept Development Proposals. The total budget available for the Call is up to £3M, with additional PV funds required from industrial bidders. Proposals are due for submission by noon on 12th September 2014.

Note: Clarification-1 added 31st July 2014

Last Updated on Thursday, 31 July 2014 15:53
Technology articles

The CEOI-ST has published a range of articles about the projects funded by the Centre.  Find out more about the technologies and their use in space and terrestrial applications:

Future Challenges for EO Instruments in New Remote Sensing Applications This article reports on a recent industry consultation workshop which examined progress with the miniaturisation of remote sensing instruments, which is converging with the increasing payload capabilities of the rapidly emerging commercial UAV market, enabling a whole new range of applications and services.

Bolometers for wild-fire monitoring   This article reviews the use of new bolometer technologies to detect wild-fires.

On-board processing techniques   Read this article about a CEOI funded initiative to investigate the feasibility of generating real-time SAR images on-board the spacecraft.

New concepts for remote sensing  CEOI is supporting the evaluation of a range of innovative new mission and instrument concepts that could transform our ability to understand what is happening to Planet Earth.

 Detecting explosive materials  This article describes use of a CEOI developed technology to provide unambiguous identification and quantification of the highly specific chemicals released by different explosives, with a rapid response time and which is eye-safe, compact, robust and cost effective. 


UAVs for Remote Sensing Workshop

The CEOI-ST held a round-table consultation, bringing together industry representatives from the Remote Sensing, GIS and UAV sectors to discuss and provide input on market trends, challenges and opportunities that will inform CEOI-ST’s strategy for the next generation of earth observation / remote sensing instruments.

The report from the Workshop has been published and a summary is available here.


New EO Technology Projects

The CEOI-ST has funded 16 new projects following the 7th EO Technology Call, and the projects are now underway.  Summaries of the project objectives are available here.

Last Updated on Thursday, 31 July 2014 16:25
Emerging Technologies Challenge Workshop 2014


The 3rd Emerging Technologies Challenge Workshop was held over the 2 day period 30th April to 1st May 2014 at College Court, Leicester  ( Presentations from the Workshop and the workshop report are available for download.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 July 2014 10:45
NCEO/CEOI-ST Joint Science Conference 2014

The 2014 EO Science Conference will take place from 17.30 on Tuesday 24th through to 15.00 on Friday 27th June, run jointly by the National Centre for EO (NCEO) and the Centre for EO Instruments and Space Technology (CEOI-ST) at the University of Sheffield, Students Union.    On-line booking for Conference Registration is available at

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 June 2014 08:19