Autonomous, Remotely Operated, Underwater, Semi-Submersible and Aerial Surveys.

Our vehicles perform atmospheric and sea-ice data sensing and sampling in dangerous areas.


Kronebreen glacier, on the western side of  Svalbard


Monitoring of air-sea-ice interfaces

Robotic-aided monitoring of Arctic ice, air and water to help improve our understanding of global climate change.

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PROTEUS (Portable RObotic TEchnology for Unmanned Surveys) is an autonomous, robotic, reconfigurable vehicle which has been designed to act either as a ROV, an AUV or a USSV. Light and manageable, it is highly modular thanks to its open-frame chassis, which allows  quick and easy installation and shifting of tools, equipment and sensors. Its thrusters are also interchangeable,  displaceable modules,  allowing the vehicle to be reconfigured at every mission according to specific needs.


Octocopter drone, certified by ENAC in compliance with  Italian regulations. The drone is able to perform high quality professional flight missions at high standards of safety to accomplish specialized operations in critical and non-critical areas

Core Features

Removable Foam

for USSV operations

Battery Pack
Surface control unit

PVC canister containing a Single Board Computer, GPS and inertial sensors


Wi-Fi antenna and auxiliary Ethernet camera


Pilot Ethernet camera and Go Pro camera


Schockproof, modular, reconfigurable frame made of polyethylene

Multi-probe CTD

Sensor module for measuring water conductivity, temperature, depth, dissolved oxygen, pH and Redox

Front Sensors

Turbidimeter, fluorescence, echosounder

Control system

Stainless steel canister containing a Single Board Computer, two PC/104 modules for digital, analog and serial I/O used for interacting with sensors and actuators

GO PRO Camera

First Person View and manual shooting servo.


GIMBAL GO PRO with long range communications.

High Performance Motors

max payload: 15 kg resistance: 12 m/s speed: 10 m/s


cut off and parachute.

FPV Camera

First Person View missions in semi-automatic, manual and automatic mode.

Water Landing
Optional Payload

Thermal Camera FLIR, Libelium Humidity and temperature sensors, CO2/CO/O2 sensors

Battery pack

45 minute hovering autonomy


Flight control Unit and add-on device redundant

Long Range

long-range video communication “system” between drone and operator

Our Team

Gabriele Bruzzone

Principal Investigator

Gabriele Bruzzone is a research scientist at the Institute of Intelligent Automation Systems of the Italian National Research Council and Head of the ``Field and Interaction Robotics`` research group. In the past 20 years, his research activity has focused on design, development and field testing of autonomous robotic vehicles. He led/ participated in numerous research projects and scientific campaigns performed in Polar Regions.

Angelo Odetti

Marine Engineer and Naval Architect (MSc)

From 2014 he started working on the development of new marine autonomous vehicles. Together with Giorgio Bruzzone he is the designer for the general layout, structure, mechanics and the propulsion units of Proteus, the modular and reconfigurable unmanned vehicle that will be used during the campaign at Svalbard.
During the mission, he is in charge of managing the general layout of the vehicle in all its configurations: ROV, AUV, USSV.
He will take part to the mission thanks to a Short Term Scientific Mission funded by RECAMP flagship.

Edoardo Spirandelli

Robot/Paylod Engineer

Giorgio Bruzzone

Robot/Paylod Engineer

Research assistant since 1982, Giorgio Bruzzone is a marine robotics designer specializing in underwater technology, specifically research vehicles and sensors deployed in extreme enviroments such as polar areas and deep water thermal vents. In cooperation with Angelo Odetti, Bruzzone produced most of the mechanical and hyperbaric modules of PROTEUS and EUROPE, the latest underwater/surface (hybrid) vehicles produced by ISSIA-CNR's marine robotics lab.
He is responsible for designing, implementing, developing and operating the mechanical structures used in the Data and Testing Campaign to be conducted at Ny-Ålesund (Svalbard Islands) from 11 to 26 June 2017 at the Arctic Italian Base ``Dirigibile Italia``. He will also be responsible on site for workplace safety during the campaign.``

Arturo Argentieri

Pilot and Technical Manager

Pilot certified by E.n.a.c. to carry out specialized operations in critical areas with multi rotor R.P.A.S. authorized by Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and Kings Bay AS ' to pilot multi-rotor unmanned aircraft for the National Research Council at the Arctic Base Dirigibile Italia, iis responsible for overseeing the maintenance of multi-rotor aircraft and ensuring the implementation of directives received from his employer and the expedition leader.

Pierpaolo Soria

Pilot and Head of Communication for Expedition

Pilot certified by E.n.a.c. to carry out specialized operations in critical areas with multi rotor R.P.A.S. authorized by Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and Kings Bay AS ' to pilot multi-rotor unmanned aircraft for the National Research Council at the Arctic Base Dirigibile Italia, As Head of Communication at Issia-CNR, Pierpaolo Soria will be responsible for audio-video reporting throughout the Svalbard scientific expedition.

UVASS is a multi-disciplinary project in partnership with:

/ robotics /biology /oceanografy /atmospheric science

Istituto Per L’Ambiente Marino Costiero

Institute Of Marine Sciences

The Institute Of Atmospheric Sciences And Climate

The Remote Controlled And Autonomous Measurement Platforms Flagship

Istituto di Biometeorologia

Gruppo ReFly – CNR

Drones and aerial systems

Aerospazio, Aeronautica, Sistemi Aeromobili

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