PDR (Preliminary Design Review) of the SATURN project: completed

Aresys completed with success the PDR (Preliminary Design Review) of the SATURN project and is looking forward to the future phases C/D/E, including the In-orbit demonstration.

Aresys has been working, since the ESA-supported conceptual and feasibility studies, on the technological development of distributed SAR systems.

Distributed SAR is a paradigm shift for Earth Observation. Applied to swarms of small satellites, flying in close formation, it enables high-performance SAR imaging at reduced cost.

The potential of distributed SAR is yet to be fully demonstrated and exploited.

The SATURN project, developed within the ALCOR Agenzia Spaziale Italiana framework, direcly inherits Aresys expertise and, in its first implementation, it has the objective to demonstrate the capabilities and the performance of a distributed “SAR train”. SATURN will be the first MIMO SAR space system, for which Aresys is developing the miniaturized SAR payload and the processing scheme.

Aresys would also like to thank the partners of this project OHB Italia S.p.A., Airbus Italia and Politecnico di Milano.

EUSAR 2024

Aresys recently participated at the prestigious EUSAR 2024 organized by German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Munich and is proud to announce that the work “FDM MIMO SAR Tomography” by Politecnico di Milano, Aresys and ISAE-SUPAERO won the best paper award for a significant contribution in the SAR field.

The work, presented by Professor Stefano Tebaldini from Politecnico di Milano, focuses on a new distributed SAR tomography concept, developed in collaboration with Aresys.

The journal version: https://lnkd.in/dQ6eHW4S

Aresys contributed also to several presentations regarding its latest research activities for European Space Agency – ESA missions and new SAR concepts.
Here you can find further information https://www.eusar.de/en

EO4SECURITY project to tackle environmental crimes

EO4SECURITY is a new European Space Agency project led by e-GEOS, joint enterprise between Telespazio (80%) and ASI (20%), to which we are grateful for allowing us to participate. The program aims to curb environmental crimes and illegal activities through the use of satellite data.

Aresys is pleased to contribute, in the spirit of environmental protection that we value, by providing its expertise in SAR imaging and its SimRAD simulator.

“It is now clear that a clean, safe and sustainable environment is integral to the full implementation of a broad spectrum of human rights and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations 2030 Agenda. Because, ultimately, protecting our planet is synonymous with protecting people,” declares e-GEOS.

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VH-RODA 2023

Aresys participated in the Very High-resolution Radar & Optical Data Assessment (VH-RODA) 2023 Workshop was held in ESA-ESRIN, Frascati, Italy, from 27 – 30 November 2023. In quality of responsible of non-ESA SAR missions‘ quality assessment, we presented the results achieved in the framework of the Earthnet Data Assessment Project (EDAP+). To read more about the project: https://earth.esa.int/eogateway/activities/edap.  
 
We were also glad to introduce to the SAR community the SAR Calibration Toolbox (SCT), an open-source tool developed by Aresys and funded by ESA, that will allow users to perform multi-mission SAR cal/val and quality analyses. The tool will be released to the public in April 2024. We are happy to contribute to the definition of standards in the SAR data quality assessment for both space agencies and new space missions.

8th International BioGeoSAR Workshop

Aresys participated at the 8th International BioGeoSAR Workshop organized by Sapienza Università di Roma and European Space Agency – ESA in Rome.

The workshop was foucused on SAR applications to address real-life topics for society. Francesco Banda, our SAR Scientist, exposed recent developments on BIOMASS processing to generate forest products, whereas professor Stefano Tebaldini from Politecnico di Milano presented a new distributed tomography concept for snow mapping, developed in collaboration with Aresys.

Here you can find further information: https://lnkd.in/dVKDfgDU

Italy and South Korea strengthen their space cooperation

Peaceful intentions underlie the new collaboration signed between Italy and South Korea, fortifying the pre-existing relationship in the space sector. The Memorandum of Understanding was sealed in the presence of Italian President Sergio Mattarella and the President of the Republic of South Korea, Yoon Suk-yeo. The collaboration was signed by Italian Space Agency President, Teodoro Valente, and South Korea’s Minister of Science and ICT, Lee Jong-ho.

“Aresys has been continuously supporting South Korea Space industry for more than 10 years now, and the outlook for future activities is exciting. South Korea space industry is at the technological far front at a global level and it offers a unique opportunity to face challenging technological problems and to develop innovative solutions. We are more than happy to see that the cooperation between the two countries is supported at the highest level”, Davide D’Aria, Aresys CEO, points out.

The areas that will be implemented through the Memorandum of Understanding, can be read on the ASI website, are: space science and exploration, Earth observation with a focus on environmental monitoring and disaster management, technologies concerning synthetic aperture radar, integrated applications, and promotion of space sector initiatives for industries and commerce.

Find more on the ASI news link: https://www.asi.it/2023/11/siglato-memorandum-of-understanding-tra-italia-e-corea-del-sud-sulla-cooperazione-in-ambito-spaziale-per-scopi-pacifici/

Italian Aerospace Mission

What a great journey! From October 23 to 27 Davide D’Aria, Aresys CEO, and Fabio Gerace, our Business Development Manager, took part in the Italian Aerospace Mission. From SpaceX and Rocket Lab‘s next-generation rockets, through Virgin Galactic‘s spaceflights concepts and up to the moon with Axiom Space‘s lunar exploration innovations. Without missing a must-see visit to the iconic NASA’s JPL and JSC headquarters.
 
We would like to thank again Agenzia Spaziale Italiana and ITA Houston – Italian Trade Agency for this great opportunity and to the selected excellence of the Italian aerospace industry that was our fellow traveler. We come back home, with strengthen links to our national space industries and institutions and a renewed impulse to innovate and push forward our technologies.

HPC Industry Summit

High Performance Computing coupled with AI techniques allow to monitor water reservoirs from space. Have a look to the smart monitoring tool based on ESA Sentinel-2 optical images that Paolo Mazzucchelli, our manager of HPC and geophysical solutions, presented at the HPC industry Summit in Berlin, from October 18th to 19th.

If you would like to access the intervention: https://lnkd.in/ebbSwZq

Here you can find further information about the Summit: https://lnkd.in/dPdCxmDH

Ph Credits: Sandra Ritschel

Committee on Earth Observation Satellites Synthetic Aperture Radar Workshop 2023 (CEOS SAR WGCV 2023)

Committee on Earth Observation Satellites Synthetic Aperture Radar Workshop 2023 (CEOS SAR WGCV 2023) took place from Monday October 16th to Wednesday October 18th 2023 at DLR premises in Oberpfaffenhofen. Andrea Recchia, SAR Engineering Services, and Beatrice Mai, SAR Data Processing and Calibration Engineer, had the opportunity to meet many colleagues having the chance to attend many interesting talks on SAR data calibration and validation activities. “We were glad to contribute to the conference talking about the Sentinel-1 calibration activities that Aresys performs as part of the SAR Mission Performance Cluster (MPC)”, Recchia comments.