cosmic water leaks

Cosmic Rays Technology for Water Leaks Detection

ESA Startup Competition 2020

Cosmic Srl in Italy is overall winner of the ESA Startup competition.

Imagine finding water losses simply by driving a vehicle, whether public or private.
Possible? Yes!
Find out how by watching the video featuring the new Cosmic technology.

research & development

R & D

Developed on the most modern knowledge of nuclear physics, the new Cosmic Water Leaks system uses the analysis of micro particles of spatial origin to identify water losses on each type of underground pipeline


Observation of Cosmic Rays


Data Aquisition


Field Validation

Step One – Observation of Cosmic Rays


What are cosmic rays?


Particles of various origins (extragalactic, galactic, solar) that continuously hit the Earth.

They are divided into:


  • primary (accidents)


  • secondary (cascade derivation from the former by interaction with the particles in the atmosphere)

Composed of atomic and subatomic particles, they reach the ground and go beyond the Earth.


But not all elements interact in the same way with cosmic rays, and it is precisely on this principle that is based the new Cosmic Technology.

Live streaming from CERN

Below is a live-stream from the large cloud chamber in Microcosm, showing particle tracks as they appear right now in the exhibition. (Operational during Microcosm opening hours.)

The tracks you see are left by particles from the natural radioactivity present in the soil, rocks, water and air and also the particle showers created by cosmic rays from outer space

Step Two – Data Aquisition & Processing

A practical example of how data collection works


Here you can see a practical example of how the tool works





data aquisition cosmic

The research method is based on an appropriate detector that counts cosmic rays in a certain energy band. The tool records all the data received, crossed with GPS position and the collected datas are constantly send to the server for the real time elaboration.

Step Three – Field Validation


Last step, the collected data are confirmed


The collected data are confirmed by the tool






The data collected and processed are confirmed by the teams on the field with suitable equipment.

Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice. Click on any specific Goal below to learn more about each issue.

Sustainable Development Goal 1 End poverty in all its forms everywhere
Sustainable Development Goal 2 End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
Sustainable Development Goal 3 Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
Sustainable Development Goal 6 Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
Sustainable Development Goal 7 Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
Sustainable Development Goal 8 Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
Sustainable Development Goal 9 Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
Sustainable Development Goal 10 Reduce inequality within and among countries
Sustainable Development Goal 12 Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
Sustainable Development Goal 13 Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
Sustainable Development Goal 14 Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
Sustainable Development Goal 16 Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

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