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


A decisive commitment

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Technological collaboration in such a competitive sector like Aerospace is essential to boost new advances and developments which contribute to putting our enterprises at the cutting edge of the international industry. In CATEC we were always concerned about it and that our project as a technological centre had to be based on the cooperation among the aerospace enterprises, offering our services and facilities to develop new technologies and initiatives and doing our bit, in terms of knowledge and experience, in order to reach aims and goals which have been proposed by all.

From CATEC we have recently started two initiatives which will enforce even more this decided commitment to technological collaboration with the industry as an indispensable step aimed at increasing competitiveness and providing more added values to our aerospace products and services. One of them is the agreement of collaboration through which CATEC becomes Álava Ingenieros’ technological partner which is one of the referral Spanish enterprises related to high tech supply in the areas of testing, measurement, communications, security and defence. CATEC will provide consultancy on the services this company provides at international level which will, we are convinced about it, generate opportunities and projects with the Andalusian aerospace enterprises and entities.

Likewise, CATEC is also participating in the “Creation and Development of High Added Value Companies Programme”, an Agency IDEA’s initiative aimed at giving a response to the Andalusian enterprises’ needs in terms of knowledge and innovation, as well as to young entrepreneurs’ initiative. CATEC will give advice about all those projects willing to get off the ground and grow in Aeronautics.

Both initiatives fulfil this objective of encouraging technological collaboration and R&D&I development within the sector thus this commitment is also visible thanks to the intense researching activity our centres has. An example of how much we are growing in this area is the project PERIGEO aimed at using unmanned aerial systems about what we are giving you further information in this bulletin. We are also present in national and international aerospace forums and events, like UNVEX, in the field of UAS, intended to promote business and technological cooperation in the aerospace industry.

In CATEC we believe so and we are certain that collaboration and synergies among the enterprises of the sector is the best step to be taken to keep growing in technological development and competitiveness, increasing our business opportunities in the market and putting us in the aerospace leading position.

Juan Pedro Vela
Director General

April 3rd 2012
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