Experimental Activity for 3D Coordinates Mensuration from COSMO-SkyMed SAR Data through Radargrammetry: Technique and Methodology

 

paoliJacopo Paoli

Aero-Space System Engineering Group
Italian Air Force - Flight Test Wing
Aeroporto “M. De Bernardi”, Pratica di Mare (RM)

 

 

 

dolceFerdinando Dolce

Aero-Space System Engineering Group
Italian Air Force - Flight Test Wing
Aeroporto “M. De Bernardi”, Pratica di Mare (RM)

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ABSTRACT

COSMO-SkyMed (CSK) is a constellation of four satellites in sun-synchronous orbit, equipped with a Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) payload. In the framework of CSK Operational Test & Evaluation (OT&E) activities, aimed at assessing the system potential to support the Italian Air Force (ItAF) operational capabilities, an experimental campaign was set up by the Aero-Space System Engineering Group of the ItAF Flight Test Wing, with the support of the Joint Center for Satellite Remote Sensing and the Aeronautical Geo-topographic Information Center, in order to assess the accuracy of CSK system for 3D coordinates mensuration. Aim of this presentation is to show the technique used to measure 3D coordinates from a dataset of CSK SAR data acquired on-purpose, and the methodology applied to perform the experimental activity and to validate the obtained results through a set of ground truths generated in the frame of this study.

 

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

Capt. Jacopo PAOLI was born in Rome (IT) on 26th March 1982.
He is an Electronic Engineer of Italian Air Force (ItAF) who attended ItAF Academy. After the Academy, he has been assigned to the 4th Centre for Technical and Maintenance (4° RTM Borgo Piave) in Latina where he served as Head of Telecommunications and Data Link Section. During his permanence at the 4° RTM he has been involved in several international exercises and events (Volcan EX, G8 L’Aquila 2009). Then in 2011, he moved to the Flight Test Wing and he served as Head of the Data Analyzing and Processing Section. In 2014, he began serving in the Aero-Space System Engineering Group (GIAS) as Head of Studies Research & Test for Space and Unmanned Systems Section.
He got a Master’s Degree in Advanced Communication and Navigation Satellite Systems at University of Tor Vergata (IT) and a Master of Science in Aerospace Vehicle Design – Option Avionic System at University of Cranfield (UK) in 2013. He is qualified as System Test Engineer since 2013.
He also served in 2012 for six months as staff officer at the Direction for Informatics, Telematics and Advanced Technologies where he supported the technical development of the defense satellite SICRAL 2 Program.

 

Maj. Ferdinando (Dr.) DOLCE was born in Naples (IT) on 31st August 1978.
He is an Aerospace Engineer of Italian Air Force (ItAF) who attended ItAF Academy. He has been working at Flight Test Centre since 2002 and as Head of Aero-Space System Engineering Group (GIAS) of Flight Test Wing since September 2014.
He got a Master’s Degree in Advanced Communication and Navigation Satellite Systems and a Doctorate with Master by research in Mechanical Engineering at University of Bath (UK) in 2008.
He is qualified as System Test Engineer since 2008 and his technical background is in aerospace materials, structures and Finite Element Method simulations. He worked on several structural failure analysis as well as structural analysis for certification and experimental flights on fixed and rotary wing aircrafts.
He served in 2009 for nine months as staff officer at Logistic Command Head Quarter where he supported also the logistic development of F-35 JSF Program.
He was instructor for ItAF Flight Safety Inspectorate from 2005 to 2013 and he has been working since 2009 as technical team member, chairman and lecturer for many task groups approved by NATO Science and Technology Organization. He worked with Italian Space Agency during STS-134 mission for ISS microgravity testing.
He published several technical papers for national and international journals and conferences.