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Low-frequency multi-mode (SAR and penetrating) radar onboard light-weight UAV for Earth and Planetary exploration

Objective

The proposal deals with the production of a dual-mode, low-frequency, radar installed on board of a leight-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. However, these airborne systems are bulky and can be operated only from manned aircraft both planes and helicopters. On the other hand, the few drones that can sustain such a equipment are large and heavy. In both cases, the operations are expensive and with a complicate logistic. The quantum leap of FlyRadar consists in installing this radar system onboard a small and light electric octocopters, providing low cost utilisation and easy operations. This affordable system will enlarge the user communities generating the possibility for an extensive use of FlyRadar taking advantage of the potentiality of this long-lasting innovation. The use of SAR and penetrating radar is widespread in Earth observation spanning from geological survey to archeological prospecting, from agricultural assessment to artefact detection. However, FlyRadar could be used also in planetary exploration. The NASA mission Mars2020 will test a drone and it will pave the way for the utilisation of UAVs in the in-situ exploration of Mars and Titan. The project is split in two phase. The first half of the project will be devoted in identifying the requirement, in designing instruments and in building them. The second half will be dedicated to the evaluation of FlyRadar with three experiments lasting a month each. The tests will performed in dry desert areas to avoid the negative effect of ground water and humidity on the radar signal. The test executions will be matched by month-long joint sessions for the analysis of the data, assess the scientific value and investigate the technological aspects.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/information engineering/telecommunications/radio technology/radar
  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electronic engineering/robotics/autonomous robots/drones

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-RISE-2020
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Funding Scheme

MSCA-RISE - Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE)

Coordinator

IRSPS SRL
Address
Via Dei Bastioni 83
65128 Pescara
Italy
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 138 000

Participants (6)

CENTRUM BADAN KOSMICZNYCH POLSKIEJ AKADEMII NAUK
Poland
EU contribution
€ 188 600
Address
Bartycka 18 A
00 716 Warszawa
Activity type
Research Organisations
CSILLAGASZATI ES FOLDTUDOMANYI KUTATOKOZPONT
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 32 200
Address
Csatkai Endre Utca 6-8
9400 Sopron
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITE LYON 1 CLAUDE BERNARD
France
EU contribution
€ 138 000
Address
Boulevard Du 11 Novembre 1918 Num43
69622 Villeurbanne Cedex
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
HYPERION SEVEN
France
EU contribution
€ 128 800
Address
6 Allée De La Chalandière
38640 Claix
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CO.RI.S.T.A. (CONSORZIO DI RICERCASU SISTEMI DI TELESENSORI AVA NZATI)
Italy
EU contribution
€ 133 400
Address
Corso Novara 10
80143 Napoli
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI GABRIELE D'ANNUNZIO DI CHIETI-PESCARA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 262 200
Address
Via Dei Vestini 31
66013 Chieti
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

Partners (1)

EXPLORATION
Morocco
Address
11 Imm 49 51 Av Palestine Daoudiate
40000 Marrakech
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)