DEDALOS SAT - Distance Extended Device for Accurate Land ObservationS – Satellite communications extension

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DEDALOS has been designed to bring to market a low-cost, lightweight and low energy consumption IoT solution for deformation monitoring and early-warning of hazards induced by geophysical phenomena (landsides, subsidence, sinking, etc.) or by man-made activities (excavations, injection/extraction of natural gases, etc.). One of the priority needs of the actual system is to provide continuity of service in areas of the world where ground based telecommunications are missing or unstable during the period after dangerous events (i.e. earthquakes). In this frame DEDALOS SAT project aims at the improvement of the DEDALOS system providing a satellite data transmission interface as backup for standard ground-based (mobile phone) network. A careful analysis of the information to be transmitted has to be carried out in order to minimize data rate which is critical for cost reduction and data flow optimization. Data compression techniques will be implemented. Another objective of DEDALOS SAT project is to integrate GALILEO GNSS data (multi-constellation approach) in order to improve reliability of service when visual impairment due to mountains or buildings may degrade the precision of GPS alone.

Users and their needs

The targeted user communities and market sectors are:

  • Oil & Gas;
  • Energy;
  • Utilities;
  • Transport;
  • Building;
  • Financial;
  • Telecommunications;
  • Central and local public administrations;
  • Universities and Research Centres.

The user needs are:

  • Monitoring and early-warning of:
    • natural hazards;
    • critical infrastructure/sites e.g. pipelines, gas storage sites, geothermal energy plants, dams, towers and high voltage pylons, historical buildings and archaeological sites, bridges, viaducts, railroads, motorways, quarries, ports.

Service/ system concept

DEDALOS SAT is composed by:

  • GNSS receiver to be installed on a critical infrastructure and allowing to measure continuously the ongoing deformation. The GNSS receiver is based on commercial off the shelf GNSS chipset able to acquire GPS and GALILEO observables.
  • System for wireless transmission of data from each point to a master gateway station provided both with ground based telecommunication capabilities (GPRS/UMTS modem) and a backup satellite modem. This provides the service continuity in case of lacking/instability/failure of ground-based networks;
  • Server SW:
    • acquisition in real time of the data transmitted by the sensors;
    • multi-constellation (GPS+GALILEO) data post-processing for the computation of displacements with update rates from 1 hour to 24 hours;
    • calculation of telemetry measurements (e.g. battery and solar panel voltage, quality of data transmission, quality of acquired GNSS signals, etc.);
    • publication of the measurements through REST web-services;
    • automatic generation of periodic PDF reports relevant to the status of the monitoring network;
    • automatic generation and transmission of alert messages for the early-warning of possible anomalous displacements based on pre-set thresholds.
  • Client SW (dashboard) for remotely viewing and analysing data published by the server (displacements, telemetry, early-warning configuration, etc.).

Space Added Value

DEDALOS SAT integrates the benefits of satellite navigation assets (Galileo and GPS) and satellite communications. DEDALOS SAT solution is a very low cost GNSS single frequency system with similar performance to higher cost dual frequency systems. Galileo increases the continuity of the service with respect to a GPS only system in harsh environments, where infrastructures or mountains cover a part of the sky.

Moreover, the very low power needs due to the single frequency, enables the use of small battery packages and very small photovoltaic panels (20W-50W) in order to guarantee a very reliable system on 24h/365d operations.

Current Status

The project started  on 4th February 2018.

Prime Contractor

Project Managers

Contractor Project Manager

Mirko Antonini
SpaceEXE srl, Via Giacomo Peroni 442/444
00131 Rome RM
+39 0698376227

ESA Project Manager

Marco Sartori
ESA / ESTEC, Keplerlaan 1
2200 AG Noordwijk

Status Date

Updated: 03 April 2018 - Created: 03 April 2018