The future of drones

The aviation and technology sectors have undergone a revolution with new applications and technologies related to unmanned aerial systems, commonly called drones (UAS / UAV / RPAS). Not only because of the new possibilities of business and commercial activity that have opened in the civil market, both for large companies and for, especially, SMEs traditionally linked to the aeronautical sector, but also for new uses and applications that are already developing for this type of aircraft.

Agriculture, security or industry are just examples of some of the productive sectors of our economy where drone use is already being experienced and applied, but they are not the only ones and there will be many more. In CATEC we have been working since the beginning in research and development to promote the transfer of this technology to companies, as well as with civil and regulatory authorities in a new framework that helps to define and regulate flights and uses with this type of aircraft.

In this issue we talk specifically about two new milestones related to drones in which we have participated successfully and that make us look optimistically at the future of this sector. On the one hand, we have welcomed into our ATLAS Center in Villacarrillo, Jaen the first U-Space demonstration with drones in Spain, held under the DOMUS project, which has been a preliminary test before DOMUS final demonstrations to be held in September to testing a complete integration of drones into the airspace, participating with other aircraft. On the other hand, in recent months we have hosted different tests of the EGNSS4RPAS project for the standardization of unmanned aircraft at European level, which has sought to demonstrate the usefulness of the European positioning systems Galileo and EGNOS for drone operations. These tests have included a recent one carried out in the urban environment of the same town of Villacarrillo, given the proximity to our ATLAS center, and which have been another important milestone as it was the first in all of Europe that has followed the methodology included in the new European regulations of drones, recently approved .

In conclusion, we are in a sector of continuous technological advances that make the future of drones very promising, and that it must be integrated into the new national and Andalusian strategies for the aerospace sector development, although linked also to other sectors-, and articulated as a key element to continue promoting the growth of the productive fabric and the increase of the competitiveness of the industry and the economy in Spain and Andalusia.

Joaquín Rodríguez Grau
Director of CATEC

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A day of flights at the ATLAS Center closes the UNVEX ECO-AGRO Congress on the application of drones to the sector of agriculture and the environment


It took place from October 9-11 in Seville and Jaen and was the first and only event in Spain and Europe dedicated specifically to the application of drones and unmanned aircraft to the agriculture and the environment sectors


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The ATLAS Experimental Flight Center of Villacarrillo in Jaen hosted the closing day of the UNVEX ECO-AGRO Congress, the first held in Spain dedicated to the sector of remotely piloted aerial systems (RPAS / UAS / drones) and its applications in agriculture and the environment.
 
The day included different demonstration flights with this type of technologies by several companies and specialized entities in this field. The session was inaugurated by the President of the Provincial Council of Jaen, Francisco Reyes, and the general director of the Agency of Innovation and Development of Andalusia IDEA and president of the Andalusian Foundation for Aerospace Development (FADA), Antonio Gonzalez Marin.
 
The objective of this last day of UNVEX ECO-AGRO was to show how drones fly and the advantages that its use can have in different productive sectors such as agriculture or the protection of natural spaces. During the day were also celebrated several roundtables with lectures by experts on use of these technologies in the field of agriculture and security.
 
The congress closed its doors with great success after hosting two previous days in Seville of conferences, exhibition area and business meetings between companies and attending entities. The event was organized by FADA-CATEC, the company IDS and the Seville Conference and Exhibition Centre (FIBES), and brought together the key players in the agricultural, food and environmental sectors, such as associations ASAJA, UPA and COAG in addition to the large industries and multinationals, service companies, technicians and developers in the field of RPAS from all over Spain (Boeing Research & Technology Europe, Babcock, Indra, Airbus D & S Intelligence, Altran, Elecnor-Deimos or AERTEC Solutions, among others) .
 
The event was also supported by the Andalusian Regional Government through the Regional Ministries of Employment, Agriculture and Environment.

A day of flights at the ATLAS Center closes the UNVEX ECO-AGRO Congress on the application of drones to the sector of agriculture and the environment

A day of flights at the ATLAS Center closes the UNVEX ECO-AGRO Congress on the application of drones to the sector of agriculture and the environment


December 29th 2017
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