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ARIEL, soil moisture retrieval by microwave remote sensing

High-resolution monitoring of soil moisture at the land surface level

Developed by BALAMIS

ARIEL is a microwave radiometer that provides remote soil moisture data. What cameras cannot see beyond surface, Balamis sensors can. ARIEL is a nonintrusive method able to effectively retrieve soil moisture data over small and large areas easily. ARIEL can be placed on-board aircrafts, UAVs (Unmmanned Aerial Vehicles) and ground vehicles.

TRL7. Integrated pilot system demonstrated
ProSystem prototype demonstration in operational environment. Prototype near or at planned operational system. Represents a major step up from TRL 6 by requiring demonstration of an actual system prototype in an operational environment. Technology has been tested and demostrated in an operational environment, and has passed the BRIGAID’s TIF assessment.

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The main components of the system have been tested separately, and an initial integration exercise has been conducted.

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ARIEL is a passive microwave radiometer based on the same technology of MIRAS sensor on-board satellite SMOS mission. It measures natural thermal emission at the microwave wavelength of 1.4 GHz, which is strongly related to the content of water in the observed target. It requires a power supply from 12 to 24V, and consumes a max. of 50W. It requires a mechanical interface with the platform to be used on. Its installation takes less than 10 min. in ground vehicles and UAVs, and needs to be homologated in aircrafts. The antenna has to be adapted to existing “holes” for Earth observation in the fuselage, and data is synchronized with other systems using an internal GPS time stamp.

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ARIEL provides a high density of soil moisture data over large areas without requiring ground-based infrastructure.
– It is an extremely compact radiometer (up to 1 kg, for the “drone” version)
– It is possible to combine the L-band radiometer with multispectral cameras. The combination of both instruments allows to increase the spatial resolution of the outputs by using disaggregation algorithms.

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