Aerospace Systems Laboratories
Guidance, Navigation and Control Laboratory (GNCLab) and Computational Laboratory (CompLab)GNCLab location: Via Claudio 21, Building 11 (ground floor)
CompLab location: Piazzale Tecchio 80 (6thfloor)
GNCLab Contacts:Domenico Accardo - Tel:+390817682149; Tel/Fax:+390817683365
Giancarmine Fasano - Tel:+390817682361; Tel/ Fax:+390817683365
CompLab Contacts:Giancarlo Rufino - Tel.: +390817682159; Tel/Fax: +390817682160
Michele Grassi - Tel.: +390817682217; Tel/Fax: +390817682160
The following research activities are conducted at the above mentioned laboratories:
These activities are carried out within several projects funded by MIUR, ASI, Regione Campania, CIRA, PNRM and national Industries and research centers. Most prominent examples are the projects listed below.
Development of an All-Weather and All-Time Sensing System to provide Autonomous See and Avoid capabilities to UAVs (Project CIRA-TECVOL).
The project was aimed at:
Results achieved by this project were cited in Aerospace America (issue of December 2008 entitled "2008 year in review") in the article "Sensor Systems"
In the context of the autonomous flight technologies it is worth mentioning also the following projects:
Development of a compact airborne SAR (miniSAR) able to operate on-board a small aerial platform (cooperation with CO.RI.S.T.A.)
Development of Aircraft Flight Trajectory Prediction tool for an enhanced Flight Data Processing (eFDP) system (cooperation with Selex SI)
The aim of this project was to develop a software tool for fast prediction of aircraft trajectories to set up an enhanced flight data processing system. The project wascarried within the Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) Program, which will provide advanced technologies and procedures with a view to modernizing and optimizing the future European ATM network.
The tool has been registered with an International Patent by Selex SI S.p.A. (patent no. US20120158220A1). See: http://www.google.com/patents/US20120158220
COTS-based Star sensor prototype design and test (funded by MIUR and Regione Campania, supported by Carlo Gavazzi Space)
The aim of the project was to develop and test a miniature, low-cost star sensor prototype based on COTS (Commercial Off The Shelf) components for microsatellite applications. Both the sensor prototype and the related testing facility were entirely developed at the laboratory (see figures below). The testing facility allows to simulate and acquire star field scenes according to a pre-planned sensor dynamics by means of a high-resolution monitor.
APS-based Micro Sun Sensor prototype design and test (project funded by ASI)
The aim of the project was to develop and test a miniature, low-cost sun sensor prototype based on COTS (Commercial Off The Shelf) components and CMOS technology for microsatellite applications. A prototype of the sensor was designed to be tested in orbit during the ASI-funded MIOSat mission (MIcroSatellite-based Optical mission). Both the sensor prototype and the related testing facility were entirely developed at the laboratory (see figures below)
Feasibility Study of a small-scale Technology Demonstrator of CIRA-PRORA SRT (Sub-Orbital Re-entry Test)
Bystatic Mission "SABRINA" (System for Advanced Bistatic and Interferometry Applications)
Feasibility Study and Performance Assessment of an Integrated AIS-Cosmo/SkyMed System for Maritime Surveillance
Innovative Techniques For Autonomous Micro-Uav Swarms
The laboratory is equipped with the following instrumentation:
The team cooperates with several national and international partners. Major partners are:
A list of the team publications is available at the institutional web sites of the staff members.