spyGLASS: Galileo-based passive radar system for maritime surveillance

Updated: Aug 13, 2016

Project details

Acronym: 
spyGLASS
Total Cost: 
1 313 310 €
EU Contributions: 
1 069 317 €
Contract Number: 
641486
Project Call: 
H2020 – Galileo 1st Call
Start Date: 
01/01/2015
End Date: 
30/06/2017
Duration: 
30
Project Type: 
Innovation Action

Contact

Coordinator: 
Alessandro Giomi
ASTER SPA
VIA TIBURTINA 1166
00156 Rome
Italy
Scientific Officer: 
Manuel Lopez-Martinez
Background: 

This proposal brings forward a Passive Bistatic Radar (PBR) based on Galileo transmissions for maritime surveillance. The exploitation of existing transmissions for PBR applications is becoming increasingly attractive due to their low costs, covert operation, and reduced environmental pollution.

Objectives: 

The main objectives of the project will be:

  • A preliminary operational validation of a Prototype. Initial tests will be carried out on this prototype to extract a complete set of validated, laboratory-proven system requirements for the innovative Passive Coherent Location (PCL) system, and gather preliminary experimental data made available to project to test the developed processing techniques;
  • The industrial design of a final Product, made up of a ground based receiver for coastal monitoring, while a different receiver can be placed on a stratospheric balloon (or on other kind of aerial mobile platform, such as UAV) to assure open sea surveillance. The primary task of this system is to detect and localize ships.
  • The development of a Demonstrator, i.e. a more advanced prototype fulfilling a subset of the Product requirements, in order to validate the innovative PBR techniques developed in this project.
Partners: 
DE
  • Elettronica GmbH
GB
  • University of Birmingham
IT
  • Universita degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza