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 new milestone for aerospace in Spain

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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

March 23rd 2015
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