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COSMO-SkyMed helps ECO40

e-GEOS is helping to draw a safer way for Matteo Miceli, avoiding icebergs along the route.

e-GEOS confirms the presence of an iceberg along the route of Matteo Miceli, the sailor who aims to circumnavigate the globe nonstop in five months on board of the 12-metre sailing boat Eco 40.

The radar data of COSMO-SkyMed constellation identified the 2360 meters iceberg with numerous fragments around, about 60 km east of the Prince Edward islands. This data will be useful for the team which is driving Matteo to rectify the route of the boat. Matteo Miceli as part of the Roma Ocean World project, will circumnavigate the globe being completely energy and food self-sufficient and e-GEOS supplies information from the satellites of COSMO-SkyMed radar constellation.

e-GEOS provides information from the satellites, in particular on wind and waves strength and direction, as well as on the presence of icebergs while the boat navigates the Antarctic. Telespazio also offers satellite connectivity in L band thanks to an agreement with Inmarsat.

e-GEOS, is collaborating with a team of technicians and professors coordinated by Paolo De Girolamo from the University of Rome La Sapienza, who developed the on-board instruments and the satellite communication system.

The eastern portion of Kereguelen islands (lat: 49° South, long: 70° East ) imaged on December 24th by COSMO-SkyMed, searching for icebergs along the route of Matteo Miceli (ECO40). The radar image shows the effect on the sea surface of the atmospheric lee waves generated by the strong westerly winds blowing across the archipelago.

More images available at e-geos website
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