The mission

To find and implement innovative satellite navigation applications in the industry and daily life.

The leader

For 11 years the biggest space technology competition. The 2015 regional edition held in Poland was the 1st biggest in the world.

The success story

The prize of the German Space Agency (DLR) for a proposal from Poland.


The European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) has been contributing since 2004 to finding interesting and innovative uses of satellite navigation concepts in the economy and daily life.

Michał Rutkowski - laureat nagrody specjalnej DLR / Credit: ESNC Awards Ceremony 2014 © Jan Kobel 2.0

Michał Rutkowski – winner of the special prize of the German Space Agency DLR in the 2014 edition / Credit: © Jan Kobel 2.0

Each year, the prizes are awarded by the leading and most prominent institutions forming the Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) – including the European GNSS Agency (GSA) and European Space Agency (ESA), as well as regional partners from around the world.

The aim of the competition is to reward, promote and accelerate innovative ideas and solutions using satellite navigation. The participants keep all intellectual property rights for the submitted ideas, regardless of the selection outcome.

We encourage you to actively support the ESNC initiative. Your involvement will not only bring the navigation-related benefits of the future technologies, but also limit the brain drain from Poland by those who possess the most valuable skills such as creative thinking, know-how and effective problem solving.

We invite you to cooperate with us in the organisation of the Polish editions of the ESNC competition!

Photo: © ESA – J. Huart