CIRA – Centro Italiano di Ricerche Aerospaziali was created in 1984 to manage PRORA, the italian Aerospace Research Program, and uphold Italy’s leadership in Aeronautics and Space.

CIRA is a company with prublic and private sector shareholders. The partecipation of research bodies, local government and aeronautics and space industries sharing a common goal has led to thecreation of unique test facilities, unmatched anywhere in the world, and of air and space flying labs.

CIRA is located in a 180-hectar area in the immediate vicinity of Capua, in the province of Caserta, north of Naples. It has a staff of 320 people, most of which are engaged in research activity within domestic and international programs
The goals of the Italian Aerospace Research Center are the acquisition and transfer of know-how aimed at improving the competitiveness of existing firms and stimulating the creation of new ones, as well as promoting training and increasing awareness of the aerospace sector.
To reach these goals CIRA develops research projects, domestic and international collaborations and activities to “disseminate” the knowledge and technologies it acquires.
In the contest of “ATM and On-Board Systems” the SISTEMS unit ( is in charge of development of enabling technologies in the fields of Avionics, Communications and Air Traffic Management (AMT). These technologies will improve the performance of next generation aeronautical and space platforms as well as ensuring the effectiveness, safety and environmental sustainability of commercial air transport.

In details, the following laboratories are structured under SISTEMS unit:

  • Electronic systems and instrumentation
  • Information technologies
  • FLARE flying lab

The Unit is active in perfecting techniques, algorithms and systems for image analysis and processing, data fusion (in order to use the information acquired directly aboard the aircraft) and therefore data reduction.
This Unit is currently involved in the European SESAR program on new ATM systeme and technologies, SESAR (Single European Sky ATM Research) as part of the Pilot Assistance Tools with the development of decision support algorithms of the pilot on board.

It is also involved in the following projects:

  • SIT_NEW – Integrated System of Telecommunications broadband for land management and emergency management in case of natural disasters, including Methods of Early Warning
  • MISE – Developing Applications for electronic devices on board of UAS – Unmanned Aerial System.
  • MIDCAS – Control system “Sense and Avoid” suitable to detect obstacles and avoid collisions in a totally autonomous mode.