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A new milestone for aerospace in Spain


March 23rd 2015


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The aerospace sector in Spain continues to advance and taking positions to become an international reference for the future development of worldwide aviation. We send this new digital edition of CATEC’s newsletter after achieving another important milestone in the national aviation, specifically in the field of unmanned aviation, one of the areas destined to mark the way in this sector in the coming decades and also one of the main lines of research and development of our Center.

I mean the first flight out of the line of sight of a pilot or control center by an unmanned aircraft weighing more than 25 kg., which took place at the ATLAS Center facilities in Villacarrillo (Jaen). This flight has been a new step to closer integration of unmanned aircraft systems in the national airspace and to make use of these technologies in new commercial applications and civil type which have been developed in recent years, some of them through our own foundation.

But it also represents a major boost for the activity of the ATLAS Center, that started its activity in 2014 and has been welcoming in recent months an increasing number of tests and flights by different companies and R&D projects in aerospace. ATLAS is the only center in Spain and Europe for testing and flight operations that has been designed for experimentation and validation of light UAS/RPAS, and its technological infrastructure of excellence are already a reference for national and international aviation community.

With these flights and others we will keep on making in the coming months, we are convinced that Andalusia and Spain not only will leap in the field of unmanned aviation, but also in the development and consolidation of a new business and research network associated with these activities, and it is rich in innovation, technology and capacity of internationalization.

Our goal is to continue along this path, by providing facilities and technological tools to the companies and organizations of the sector in order to bringing more R&D, specialization and competitiveness to our industry, both in the area of UAS and others which we consider to be of great strategic interest. And for that we shall continue devoting our commitment, work and effort.

Joaquín Rodríguez Grau
FADA Director Manager



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