News & Events

  • 05/2018. The POSEIDON Kick-off Meeting took place at the CNIT-RaSS Headquarters of Pisa,  on May 15th  2018. A short summary of the project was presented, and all the partners introduced theirshelves, with emphasis on expertise related to the POSEIDON project activities. Representatives of all the partners involved in the project attended this meeting.
  • 10/2018. The MarTERA Kick-off Meeting will be celebrated at the facilities of the Agence Nationale de Recherche, in Paris, on October, 15th and 16th, 2018.
  • 06/2019. CNIT-RaSS was part of the organizing committee of the 7th Ugo Tiberio Workshop together with the Italian Navy. The workshop took place in Rome (Italy) at the General Secretariat of Defence on June 24th and 25th, 2019. The event focused on “The new technological frontiers of Italian Navy Naval Units Combat Systems”. During the workshop, CNIT -RaSS promoted its main ongoing research projects, among which Poseidon project, by means of brochures and multi-media presentations.
  • 07/2019. The second consortium meeting took place in Pontevedra at the UAV Instruments facilities on July 23rd 2019. Partners discussed the mid-term report to deliver in August, started discussion on sensors integration on board of small UAV and also initiated to discuss about the planning of the measurements that are expected to start on June 2020.
A picture taken during the consortium meeting. The small UAV candidated to be used in the first trial is in the bottom left-hand corner of the picture. The picture in the screen represents the radar that selected for the first trial while the selected EO/IR camera is in the small box on the table. People from CNIT, CARTOGALICIA, and Gradiant were present at the meeting.
  • 03/2020. The new COVID-19 pandemic is sadly the big news of 2020.The ever higher increase of new infections makes us aware that the health of people directly or indirectly involved in the POSEIDON technical activities is more important than anything else. The Pandemic had an impact and still has an impact on the technical activities of the project:
    • In August 2020 we decided to pospone the project of 6 months.
    • Despite the possibility to travel across EU countries for work, the POSEIDON consortium decided to avoid face-to-face meetings between partners and limit the personnel involved in the measures that will be carried out, for the protection of the health of the people involved
  • 04/2020 – 07/2020. Virtual system integration. To limit the number of person involved in this activity the integration of the radar system has been carried out remotely. The integration was performed firstly using CAD software, and specifically by integrating all subsystems using CAD models of each component. To do that both CNIT and CARTOGALICIA cooperate through e-mails and virtual meetings. The use of CAD software has been useful to foreseen some problems before the physical integration
Integration using CAD software of the radar system and its sub-systems
  • 09/2020. Physical integration. Some months later we have carried out the physical integration. The radar was sent from Italy to Spain in order to integrate it and perform preliminary tests
GPS antenna system integration: CARTOGALICIA built a rod to be installed over the drone able to carry the GPS antennas necessary for the IMU system to work
Payload integration: CARTOGALICIA built a support capable of hosting both the radar and the cameras
Fully integrated system. The image at the right side shows the payload composed of the radar antenna system (the white box), the EO camera and the IR camera. The FOV of all the sensors are oriented in the same way, rougly orthogonal to the rod hosting the GPS antennas.
  • 09/2020. First flight to test weight, power and endurance. The radar is powered by the drone itself without using a dedicated battery.
  • 02/2021. Video of trial flight in Spain