NavSAS Tested the Scatterometer Realized for the SMAT F2 Project

3 October 2014

On 2nd of October, the Navigation Technology Research Area tested in a real scenario the scatterometer realized for the SMAT F2 project. The scatterometer was installed under the wing of an ultralight aircraft, a Tecnam P92 provided by Digisky srl (partner of SMAT F2). The aircraft flew for about twenty minutes over Torino countryside collecting data. The scatterometer uses the already available GNSS signals (from GPS, Galileo, etc.). The aim is to provide a cost-effective instrument for land monitoring.

SMAT F2 is a project financed by the Piedmont Region and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). SMAT project aim is to develop a system for the monitoring of the territory based on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), which - through their control stations - will be able to monitor continuously an area for preventing and controlling a wide range of events, typically: floods, fires, landslides, traffic, urban situations, pollution and crops. The aircrafts will be coordinated by a supervisory station that will communicate with users interested in monitoring data.