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 year of consolidation and growth



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We close the year 2016 taking balance of the work that FADA-CATEC has continued developing this exercise to continue promoting innovation and the application of new technologies to improve the competitiveness of companies in the aerospace sector in Andalusia and Spain. A work that has allowed us to consolidate and continue to grow in this task and is reflected in our intense research and technological development activity, with the development of new R&D projects at national and international level, and also in the rest of services and activities that the Center has promoted or participated with companies and other entities with the aim of boosting the culture of innovation and excellence in the aeronautics industry and other sectors.

From participating in the most important fairs and business meetings in the aerospace sector such as ADM Seville, to technical seminars, scientific conferences or events of informative interest where we have put in value the knowledge and the pioneering experience of our Center in the most relevant lines of activity of the present and future of aviation, such as World Space Week or Researchers' Night, for example.

Also new milestones for the aeronautical industry in our country, such as the first industrial inspection of a Spanish refinery through the use of an aircraft, or being selected as the only national technological center that has received funding to participate in the competition International MBZIRC, the largest global event in the field of aerial robotics to be held in Abu Dhabi next March. Or the new Alliance TRISPACE, which we have promoted from CATEC and is the first consortium of three Spanish technology centers to offer a wide and complete technological offer to develop new business opportunities for the space industry in Europe.

A year, therefore, to be satisfied with the achievements and reaffirm that we are on the right path. But also to be aware we must continue working in this line, helping our companies to meet successfully the challenges and objectives of the sector in its transformation towards the new Factory 4.0. For a 2017 full of new projects for the aerospace sector. Happy New Year.

Joaquín Rodríguez Grau
CATEC Director Manager


January 3rd 2017
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