From 1 to 5 November 2021 a test campaign was conducted using the P-Band radar previously developed by CORISTA on ASI funding to analyze the system's capabilities in Foliage Penetration applications. The campaign was carried out in the framework of European project FOLDOUT and took place in Bulgaria at the military base of Zmeyovo, near Plovdiv, with the support of the Bulgarian Defense Institute "Professor Tsvetan Lazarov", which is part of the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Bulgaria.
At the time of publication, the analysis of the collected data is in progress. In the short video published here it is possible to see some phases of the campaign and the targets (military vehicles) hidden under the foliage.
As part of the OT4CLIMA project, a measurement campaign was carried out for the development of soil moisture measurement methods with a P-band radar. The measurement campaign involved teams of researchers from the Corista Consortium,from the IREA research institute, of the Naples and Bari offices and of the CNR Foggia CREA-AA Institute.
Installation of the radar on the helicopter
Helicopter in flight
SAR image of the round plain of San Giovanni Rotondo superimposed on a Google Earth image
The RADAR, designed and built in the laboratories of the Corista Consortium as part of a project funded by ASI, was installed on a helicopter that flew over the San Giovanni Rotondo plain.
The instrument, of dimensions 50cm x 50cm x 60cm, for a weight of about 35kg, is mainly composed of an electronic and a radiofrequency part, mounted in a rack, and an antenna. The campaign lasted two days during which flights were carried out at different times of the day in order to monitor the soil moisture conditions in different time slots.
The objective is to develop and verify a software tool aimed to perform end-to-end (E2E) simulation for flexible VHTS (Very High Throughput Satellite) satellite embarking a complex antenna driven by a digital processor based on Digital Transparent Processing (DTP) architecture. The antenna has to be capable to provide, in the coverage area, a huge number of spot-beam and the allocation of the resource between spot-beam and/or cluster of them has to be flexible and configurable in the time. The DTP will mainly based on Software Define Radio (SDR) technology and will host a Digital Beam Forming Network (DBFN) driving the antenna.
STRATIFY is funded by ESA in the framework of the ARTES programme. The consortium is composed by Thales Alenia Space Italia as prime contractor and study coordinator, CO.RI.S.T.A., University of Bari and two South Italy SMEs, named WISER and AI2.
CO.RI.S.T.A. is in charge of developing Payload Module Emulator, based on on-board Digital Transparent Processor (DTP).
FLY-RADAR project deals with the production of a dual-mode, low-frequency, radar installed on board of a light-weight UAV. The radar will operate into two modes: as Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) and as ground penetrating radar. Both instruments provide extremely interesting images that are extensively used in Earth and planetary observations. FLY-RADAR is funded by EU.
CO.RI.S.T.A. is in charge of developing a miniaturized low-frequency RADAR, multi-mode and multi-band, to be installed on drone system. Integrated system, radar and drone, will be verified through flight campaigns aimed to assess its actual performances for geological applications.
Achievement Award received from the Argentina space agency CONAE (Comisión Nacional de Actividades Espaciales) for the collaboration, effort and commitment lavished by CORISTA for the completion of the Argentine satellite constellation SAOCOM.
Development of innovative Earth Observation technologies for the study of climate change and its impacts on the environment and territory
The general objective of the OT4CLIMAproject is to develop new measurement instruments and new Earth Observation methodologies to provide products / applications / services aimed at improving the mitigation capabilities of the effects of Climate Change (CC) on the regional and sub-scale regional.
The project stems from the awareness that the impacts of current CCs on the environment and the territory need to be better understood, modeled and observed, even on the local and regional scale in order to implement appropriate and effective mitigation strategies. It tries to respond to some of the challenges still open, identified by the main international initiatives (eg CEOS WG Climate, GCOS) as Recommendations and Actions for the coming years, such as, for example, the use of new observation technologies, the observation of additional climatic parameters as well as the development of new analysis techniques (see GCOS 2016 Implementation Plan).
CO.RI.S.T.A. sponsor of SPACE APPS CHALLENGE 2019 - NAPLES
#SpaceApps is the largest hackathon in the world promoted by NASA in over 180 cities around the world, and sees our city host it for the fifth consecutive year.
The event will be held on 19 and 20 October at the San Giovanni a Teduccio pole of the Federico II University, Naples. Here, young high school and university students from our region will meet with the aim of producing innovative ideas and solutions on key issues ranging from climatology to space exploration, from robotics to mining on asteroids, based on an approach of collaborative and open-source problem solving. A jury will evaluate the works proposed by the various groups and the top three, in addition to cash prizes, will be able to participate in the national selection that will bring the winners to the States.
This year the theme of Space Apps 2019 is "Exploring Near and Far" in the following 5 categories:
CO.RI.S.T.A. participates in the program FOLDOUT (Through-foliage detection, including in the outermost regions of the EU) funded in the framework of Horizon 2020; Proponent: AIT (Austrian Institute of Technology).
The main goal of FOLDOUT is to develop, test and demonstrate a system and solution to detect and locate people and vehicles operating under the coverage of trees and other foliage over large areas in the inner and outermost regions of the EU.
FOLDOUT will build a system that combines various sensors and technologies and intelligently fuses these into an effective and robust intelligent detection platform. Fusing several sensor signals increases the effectiveness of detection.
FOLDOUT will make the tasks of Border Guards simpler and faster by combining events from various sensors to give a complete situation threat assessment combined with suggested reaction scenarios. By considering all existing sensor technologies FOLDOUT can be adapted to fulfill the requirements of various scenarios in harsh environments.
A two year pilot in Bulgaria and demonstrators in Greece, Finland and French Guiana FOLDOUT will provide fundamental enhancements in the domain of border surveillance and improved search & rescue scenarios.