UAV Test for the SMAT F2 Project Scatterometer

23 October 2014

Today the Navigation Technologies Area tested in a real scenario the scatterometer realized for the SMAT F2 project for the second time (the first test was realized the 2nd of October, the news is available here). In this case the scatterometer was installed in the SMAT F2 Smart Bay carried by the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) C-Fly realized by NIMBUS, a SME part of the SMAT F2 consortium, specialized in Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). NIMBUS developed a new aerial vehicle called “metaplano” (see Wikipedia) that combines a significant payload together with long endurance, simplicity, low cruise speed, unique Short Take-off and Landing (STOL) capabilities. The test aircraft flew for about ten minutes.

The test UAV

The scatterometer records all the signals present in the GNSS L1 radio band. The extraction and processing of the direct GNSS signals from the different available systems (GPS, Galileo, etc.) and their reflections on the ground will enable cost-effective aerial land monitoring.

Gianluca Marucco (ISMB) preparing the scatterometer

SMAT F2 is a project funded by the Regione Piemonte and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). Its 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.