Geodaysit 2023

Maria Libera Battagliere

Maria Libera Battagliere is currently Head of Pilot Projects Office at Downstream and Application Services Department, Advisor at the ESA’s Programme Board for Earth Observation (PB-EO) and Responsible for the ASI’s Open Call initiative addressed to the data exploitation of the COSMO-SkyMed mission (first and second generation).
Since 2010 she was involved as Mission Engineer in the COSMO-SkyMed Programme at the Italian Space Agency, becoming COSMO-SkyMed Deputy Mission Manager (2014-2020), Head of COSMO-SkyMed Data Exploitation Office (2016-2018), Head of Earth Observation Mission and Data Management Office (2018-2020), ASI’s representative in the international PSTG (Polar Space Task Group) initiative and its Working Groups (2017-2020), ASI’s Coordinator for the ASI-NASA Agreement in EO Research Activity (2018-2020).


Maria Libera Battagliere, Luigi D'Amato, Laura Candela

In the era of the “space society”, satellite services represent a key element that has to be valued and promoted by institutions at local and global level. Earth Observation (EO), Navigation (NAV) and Telecommunication (TLC) satellite services represent the space sectors with the most relevant growth, not only for the level of maturity, quality and quantity of the existing operational infrastructures, but mostly for the potential of wide diffusion for applications and connected services (known as downstream). These applications and services are suitable to ensure a sustainable economic development, fostering a significant progress in several domains and generating benefits for citizens and society. For this reason, they have been recognized as top strategic priorities of the Italian space policies (Resolution of the President of the Council, March 2019).
Considering that Italian Space Agency (ASI) is a governmental organization having the responsability to promote space technology for the development of the Country, ASI has set up a programme called Innovation for Downstream Preparation (I4DP) further articulated in three intervention lines to better leverage on needs of that communities: Public Institutional entities, Science and Commercial operators. The main focus of this initiative is s to stimulate the downstream sector growth, offering a concrete support to set-up innovative and powefull space solutions for emerging demand and, at the same time, consolidating and enriching existing national know how both at scierntific and industrial level.
The implementation of the programme is based on thematic periodic calls for each category of target users, as mentioned above (PA i.e. Public Administrations, SCIENCE i.e Scientific Community, MARKET i.e. Economic Operators).
The first cycle of the programme has been initiated in 2021, with the issue of 3 calls focused on the following topics: Effects of climate change and extreme events (I4DP_PA), Sustainable Cities (I4DP_SCIENCE), Management and monitoring of Stability of Infrastructures and/or critical infrastructures also in relation to landscape conservation and Precision Farming for I4DP_MARKET. All the calls were successfully closed in 2022 with the selection of about 20 innovative projects.
I4DP_PA aims to promote demonstrations and pre-operational developments of innovative complex services value chains responding to a well-defined institutional need (e.g. related to activities that the involved PA has to perform by law) in order to prepare new generation downstream services that can be useful to the institutions responsible for territorial governance, civil protection and economic resources management, while promoting the full exploitation of national and European space systems, operational or under development. The final objective of the I4DP_PA calls is to promote an active involvement of Public Administrations, as end users of the services and, at the same time, allow an acceleration of scientific and technological developments, as well as the experimentation of new (pre-)operational procedures EO-based. This approach allows to highlight actual operational gaps and so can help the preparation and the support respect to other national and European investments in infrastructures to better enable the realization of the services themselves.
I4DP_SCIENCE aims to promote the demonstrative development of innovative value-added services based on the use of EO, SATNAV, SATCOM systems in order to prepare new generation downstream services and promote the full use of national and European space systems, operational or under development.
I4DP_MARKET calls aim at supporting the development of innovative projects with a high starting TRL level, in order to promote commercial exploitation of services and products based on innovative data processing, analysis and integration techniques. This initiative is also aimed at guarantee a constant increase in the national technological capacity of the downstream sector, allowing participation in the selection procedure of SMEs, startups and university spin-off. In the long term, these calls will consolidate the Italian entrepreneurial texture in the exploitation of the services and data provided by the current and future satellite infrastructures, in synergy with the terrestrial ones.

The proposed workshop aims to provide a complete picture about the ASI’s ongoing I4DP activities and their future perspectives, highlighting effects in support of the whole Italian communities along the whole space service value chain and of economic downstream sector, providing a focus on selected projects in the framework of the first cycle of the I4DP Programme.

Aula 1 @ UniBa