barra table a Padua

Padua is one of the oldest cities in Italy. In ancient times, Padova achieved a victory over the Spartans before it was conquered by the Romans and received the town charter. In the Middle Ages, Padua was an independent city state, like many of its neighbouring cities, but was ruled by a Podesta of the emperor. 

In 1405 the city finally fell to Venice, in 1797 to Napoleon, and finally to Austria. With one of the oldest universities in the world officially founded on 1222, Padua was always an intellectual and artistic centre, wich brought many art treasures to the city and made it a hotbed of revolutionary ideas. 






Wednesday June 21st, 2017

14:30 - 14:50
 HORUS an autonomous optacopter 
Giacomo Colombatti
CISAS "G.Colombo", Italy
14:50 - 15:10
Data acquisition system for helo-ship dynamic interface analysis
Vincenzo Giordano
Coffee- break




grandi photo

SESSION 2 - 15:15 - 16:00

New Generation Data Recorder & Monitoring in Aircraft Maintenance
Fabio Grandi
Flight Test Engineer, Army Aviation Test Centre Chief


Flying has always been a dangerous activity, and to prevent and reduce the possibility of accident occurrences maintenance has always had a specific care.Since the beginning military and civil authorities have been developing their own philosophy and organizations on that specific issue, which were on the opposite edge of the scheme. More specifically, in the civil aviation the main philosophy used in maintenance activity had always been the “on condition”. It means that all subsystems and parts, if not airworthiness related, would be replaced only after malfunction. Obviously that approach is telated to a very low maintenance cost and a very high cost/effective rate. On the other edge, the military organization, looking forward to the operational requirements and not on the economic aspects, having the need to have always efficient aircrafts with efficient subsystems to be prepared for a fight in any moment, mainly used the philosophy to replace parts before they got broken. That way of perform maintenance, force to replace parts that are still working, and obviously is very expensive. That’s the reason why time by time this philosophy is going to be replaced with the other one. The change in the military maintenance philosophy started and went on side by side with the improvements in the measurements and data recording capability. These evolution lead to new monitoring and diagnostic systems, growing up and becoming always more efficient and effective. Todayis new generations aircrafts are equipped with monitoring and diagnostic systems which allow to replace a component just before a brake out occurs. That is a really great innovation and allows to increase even the rate of efficiency of the units. Stating that only useful maintenance operations will be performed.



Fabio Grandi was born in Rimini the 14th September 1967
1983-1987 Navy Military Junior College
1988-1990 Army Academy (169th course)
1990-1992 Army Military College
1997 University Degree in Mechanical Engineering
1998-1999 Army Aviation Aircraft & Helicopter Engineer Course
2000 Army War College
2003-2004 Flight Test Engineer Course (National Test Pilot School – USA)
2008 University Degree in Military Science
Served as:
1988-1995 Infantry Officer at 41st Infantry Regiment as Platoon and Company Leader
1995-2000 Infantry Officer at 66th Infantry Regiment as Company Leader
2000-2003 Technical Officer at 4th Helicopter Regiment as Maintenance Squadron Leader
2003-2008 Flight Test Engineer at RSV (Italian Air Force Flight Test Centre)
2008-2010 Flight Test Engineer at CSAVES (Italian Army Aviation Test Centre)
2010-2012 Group Leader at 1st Maintenance and Support Group - Italian Army Aviation Training Centre
2012 Flight Test Engineer at CSAVES (Italian Army Aviation Test Centre)

“The Single Fuel Concept” Rivista Militare
“La proiezione aerea delle unità” Rassegna Militare
“Net-Centrik Capability on Rotary Wings Platforms” Rivista Militare

Other degrees/qualifications:
Army Aviation Technical Instructor
Swimming instructor
Scuba-diving instructor
Paramedic operator with red-cross




SESSION 3 - 16:00 - 16:45

Introduction to quantum communications:
challenges and perspectives for Space
 Giuseppe Vallone
University of Padua, Italy

Quantum communications, the faithful transmission of generic quantum states, allow to implement protocols that are unattainable with classical communications techniques. Some of the most important applications of quantum communications are Quantum-Key-Distribution (QKD), the measurement of entanglement between two remote observers and quantum teleportation. In particular, QKD allows the exchange of secure cryptographic keys between two authorized users with the guarantee of unconditional secrecy. Quantum communications protocols are nowadays implemented in several laboratories on ground and their extension in the Space framework will allows the creation of a global scale quantum network and the realization of novel fundamental tests of physics.
We first review the basic principles of quantum communications. We then discuss the state-of-the art, the challenges and the perspectives of quantum communications in Space.



Pac 2013

SESSION 4 - 16:45 - 17:30

Radiation effects on electronics in space
Alessandro Paccagnella
Vice Rector for International Relations
University of Padua, Italy
Space radiation environment will be described, in terms of the damage it may produce on electronic devices and systems used on spacecrafts. The three main types of radiation effects on electronics will be illustrated, including total ionizing dose (TID), displacement damage (DD), and single event effects (SEE).In parallel, the corresponding failure mechanisms will be presented, highlighting the impact on the device/system functionality, as well as testing issues at ground level for the device space qualification. The technological evolution of the microelectronic components, following Moore’s law, will show how commercial electronic devices may now provide substantialimprovements when compared with their radiation hardened counterparts. While system requirements may drive these ICs to beinserted into systems, these parts are not designedto tolerate the space environment,and suitable testing and mitigation techniques must be adopted to grant successful device insertion. Non-volatile memories will be presented as a case study,demonstratingalso how radiation issues are no longer limited to the space environment, but are now including terrestrial applications.