On 29th and 30th September TopView has carried out flight operations within the Joint Research Centre of Ispra (VA – Italy) as representative of the SARA project.

The use of two drones, in different configurations, allowed the collection of additional GNSS data, with particular reference to the signals of the European global satellite-based navigation system – Galileo, whose high increased accuracy to the semi-autonomous flight of drones.

The research activities of the SARA UAS in the “Tethered” configuration, designed in the homonymous Horizon 2020 project co-funded by the GSA, improved the performance of “Tethered” UAS system not only for “Search and Rescue” activities, but also in new scenarios related to traffic monitoring.

Tethered UAS is in fact able to carry out persistent surveillance flights for many hours in two different modes: fixed point or “tracking”, obtaining the necessary energy directly from the ground station, via a power cable.

The flight missions intended to collect data on vehicular traffic, analyzing how Artificial Vision Algorithms and GNSS data can improve the estimation and forecasting of vehicle trajectories.

Our operations represent the first tests of the series that the Joint Research Centre (JRC) intends to host under the “JRC Living Lab” programme.


Topview, representing the SARA consortium, is very pleased with the collected data and the proposed safety operational procedures.
The involvement of JRC researchers was essential, not only for their valuable technical and operational support, but also for sharing data acquired from their own GNSS monitoring stations.
We believe that the activities carried out will facilitate the safe access of drones to the site also to other operators in the framework of the new research activities and the program “JRC living lab”.
Alberto Mennella

Innovation Manager, TopView