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 video about our AEROX platform is selected for the best engineering drone video of the year prize awarded by AUVSI

Our video was the most voted in the selection process and will participate in the final phase to be held at the world 's largest fair of autonomous systems, the AUVSI Xponential in Chicago

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A video about our AEROX platform, developed within the framework of the AEROARMS European project, has been selected as one of the best three videos that will compete for the "Best Engineering Drone Video of the Year, to be presented at the world's largest fair of autonomous systems (UAS) , the AUVSI Xponential 2019 that is scheduled to take place April 29 to May 2 in Chicago.

Our video reached first place in the popular vote held in recent weeks, after gaining more than 2,380 votes ahead of a video of the American company CivilTech, and another about 13 controlled explosions in a building in the US. The three videos will now compete for the prize in the Chicago final.

AEROX is a worldwide pioneering new technology platform which allows the use of first aerial robot for the development of industrial inspections by contact, for sectors such as energy or chemical, which require maintenance work in height of operators that could be avoided with this new application, safer and less expensive.

This technology is part of the AEROARMS project, belonging to the European Horizon 2020 program in the area of aerial robotics, whose novelty is the development of the first drones in the world with multiple robotic arms for this type of function. This project will end in 2019 and is endowed with a budget of more than 5.7 million euros, in which partners from five countries participate, including CATEC: Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland and Spain.

April 25th 2019
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