SPACEUP”, for the third time in Italy, will take place in Pisa on 5-6 May 2018.
The event is organized by EUROAVIA, the “European Association of Aerospace Students” which nowadays counts more than 2000 members from 43 universities across 17 countries.
SpaceUps are space “unconventional” conferences where participants decide the topic, the schedule and the structure of the event. Everyone is, indeed, encouraged to give a talk, a round-table session or to just simply share ideas about space exploration, space engineering, astronomy and so on.
ALMA SISTEMI SRL takes part of the event as sponsor, in order to support the cultural interest for space technologies together with the aerospace industry network.
For more info about SpaceUp Pisa, take a look at: https://spaceuppisa.com/
ALMA Sistemi Srl, in cooperation with IRSPS Srl , has been selected by Lazioinnova (Regione Lazio agency addressed to innovation) for the design and development of advanced and portable instrumentation for rock and sediment dating up to 1 million of years. ALMA Sistemi, proposal has been selected in the competitive invitation to tender issued by Lazioinnova “Bando Aerospazio” and the proposal named “LUMINO” (this is the project acronym) has ranked in 3° position out of 28 funded projects. The instrument technology is based on “Luminescence dating” where the radiation dose emitted by the samples (illuminated by specific irradiation units) is detected, measured and converted in absolute age. The portable instrumentation has direct application in planetary exploration specifically related to Mars where a similar instrumentation can be hosted by a rover as well as for Earth application in geology, archaeology and as portable instrumentation for quick radiation dosimeter in case of nuclear accidents.
From January 2018 ALMA Sitemi is a S.r.l. (“Società a Responsabilità Limitata” equivalent to a Limited company). The change has been driven by the steady grow of the company turnover as well as new orders intake in both areas: industrial and research & development contracts. At the same time ALMA SISTEMI is engaged in acquiring the qualification and certification ISO 9001 as required by large scale integrator in the space sector (Thales, Alenia Space, Airbus defence and Space, OHB Sistema) as well as by the European Space Agency.
ALMA Sistemi is currently engaged in several activities: two RTD projects in Horizon 2020 and one FP7 Joint Program Initiative on Cultural Heritage and two industrial contracts for Mechanical Ground Support Equipment (MGSE).
The company is also very active in projects proposal addressing technology innovation. In fact, from the beginning of the year, ALMA Sistemi submitted 6 Horizon 2020 project proposals in Industrial leadership (Space work programme), Excellence Science (Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions) and in Societal Challenge. Four of those proposal has been submitted with ALMA Sistemi Srl as coordinator addressing remote sensing applications and products, such as Cultural Heritage, Civil Engineering, Metamaterials technology and Planetary Exploration instrumentation. Furthermore 3 industrial offers in the area of MGSE has been also delivered to large scale integrator. Of course, success rate is generally low but ALMA Sistemi is also distinguishing for high quality and “innovation” character of the proposals that granted in the past a well recognized success rate.
An overview of ALMA activities and success stories is illustrated in the following article published on March issue of “Platinum” magazine attached to “Il Sole 24 ore” financial newspaper.
ALMA Sistemi sas awarded the EU Horizon 2020 Research Innovation Staff Exchange project “Plasma Antenna TecHnologies” (PATH). The project is based on the staff exchange between the members of the network that includes ALMA Sistemi as coordinator, Technology for Innovation Srl and University of Padua, Italy, University of Southampton and Mars Space Ltd, United Kingdom, the Technical University of Crete, Greece and ASC Antenna Systems consulting APS, Copenhagen, Denmark.
PATH is intended to promote a collaborative researches focused in the development of high density plasma sources implemented with the Exchange of staff personnel between the partners of the network. The research will also address transfer of knowledge and training of the researchers in the specific field of plasma sources and its applications in the telecommunication sector. High density plasma sources find large number of industrial applications from material treatment to Telecommunication. Overcoming the density limit of current source will open new frontier in several technological field. PATH aims at cross linking different competences to study and develop prototype of plasma sources and plasma antenna based on hybrid technologies based on Radiofrequency and Hollow cathode technologies. A Gaseous Plasma Antenna (GPA) is a plasma discharge confined in a dielectric tube that uses partially or fully ionized gas to generate and receive electromagnetic waves; GPAs are virtually “transparent” above the plasma frequency and become “invisible” when turned off. Unlike ordinary metallic antennas, GPAs and Plasma Antenna Arrays can be reconfigured electrically (rather than mechanically) with respect to impedance, frequency, bandwidth and directivity on time scales the order of microseconds or milliseconds. It is also possible to stack arrays of GPAs designed to operate at different frequencies. A Plasma Antenna will be able to: (i) identifying the direction of incoming signal, (ii) tracking and locating the antenna beam on the mobile/target, (iii) beam-steering while minimizing interferences. Actual technology is based mainly on: (i) DC discharge, (ii) AC discharge, (iii) RF discharge, (iv) Microwaves, (v) Hollow cathode. Improvement of plasma source performances require a strong effort in term of modelling and technology. The aim of PATH is to merge European competences to make a substantial step toward innovative hybrid plasma sources.
PATH is currently in Grant Agreement preparation and it is planned to start in January 2017.
The team ALMA Sistemi and ELITAL, as prime contractor, have successfully passed the Critical Design Review of the Metop 2ndGeneration MicroWave Sounder (MWS) instrument Mechanical Ground Support Equipment. The milestone marks the beginning of the manufacturing phase of the mechanical equipment required by Airbus Defence and Space UK (Portsmouth) for the Assembly integration and test of the MWS instrument. The manufacturing phase will be carried out by Elital at its premises in L’Aquila, Italy.
Also in July has been successfully held the Requirement Review of Metop 2nd Generation Satellite A and B Lifting and Handling devices Mechanical Ground Support Equipment. This is a recent acquired contract by ALMA and Elital with Airbus Defence and Space GmbH, Friedrichshafen, Germany.
ALMA Sistemi is present at Seville Aerospace and Defiance Meetings 10-13 May 2016 (seehttp://sevilla.bciaerospace.com/en/ ) with the sponsorship of Italian Trade Agency.
The third edition of the most important BtoB event in Spain, the Aerospace and Defence Meetings Seville, will be held from May 10 to 13, 2016. This is an opportunity for leaders in the aerospace industry to meet with potential industry partners. ALMA Sistemi is present to consolidate the business portfolio and improve his already strong portfolio of international contacts and partnerships.
On 24th November 2015, in Stirling (UK), it has been helded the End Users workshop of the project
“Cultural Landscape risk Identification, Management and Assessment” (CLIMA), in which Alma
Sistemi S.a.S is involved as a partner.
Goal of the CLIMA project is to design and implement a WebGIS based multi-task platform that
integrates different remote sensing technologies, which can ensure, on a spatial scale, both macro
and micro levels, the mapping, diagnostic and monitoring purpose of archaeological cultural
landscapes including buried and exposed archaeological remains.
The Platform will provide specific products (e.g. periodic vulnerability and warning maps) to allow
the authorities in charge of cultural landscape preservation to implement more effective
maintenance plans and actions.
The End Users conference aimed at presenting the project to potential end-users, and to receive
back guidelines and expert advices, in a way to improve the potentiality and the applicability of
the project results.
Many useful input come out from the meeting, that will be taken in consideration during the
platform’s design and development.
From the discussion emerged that CLIMA could help propose best practice, and would be well
placed to be critical of current policy in light of archaeological findings at a local, national and
The development of the CLIMA system for specific risk assessment and mapping will also be
important in providing an evidence base for discussing broader trends in archaeological
preservation, risk and protection.
End users present at the workshop were: Flavia Trucco (Soprintendenza ai Beni archeologici del
Lazio e dell’Etruria Meridionale, IT), Dave Cowley (Historic Environment Scotland, UK), Geoff Bailey
(Falkirk Council, UK), Murray Cook (Stirling Council, UK), Vasiliki Lysandrou (Cyprus University of
Technology and Cyprus Remote Sensing Society, CY).
More information about CLIMA project, partners and their role: http://clima-project.eu
ALMA Sistemi in team with Elital Srl awarded the ESA contract for the Mechanical Ground Support Equipment of the MicroWave Sounder (MWS) instrument, MetOp second-generation satellite.
This contract marks the difference with the past consultancy activities carried out by ALMA supporting the customer Elital with a successful track record of winning contracts in the MeteoSat 3rd Generation and ExoMars programmes. In fact, for the MWS MGSE, ALMA is participating as full partner of the consortium supporting Elital in the Engineering phase of the project.
Negotiation with the customer Airbus Defence & Space, Portsmouth, UK is currently on going and the Kick-Off is foreseen by the end of September.
ALMA Sistemi has moved the operative address to a more suitable location with more office space and facilities. The new operative office is located in Guidonia Montecelio (Rome) at the CAR Directional Center located in street “Tenuta del Cavaliere n°1 Building B. The new offices are easily reachable by car because the centre is directly connected to the highway A24 Exit “Settecamini” as well as “Via Tiburtina”. Information how to get to ALMA can be find on the web-site pages.