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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Andalusia has experienced unprecedented growth in the aerospace sector during the last decade, in which our companies have not only managed to position itself strategically grow through the major programs of civil and military aviation, and overcome difficult years for economic funding, but also increasingly bet by the R&D and increase their contributions in the development of new technologies and innovative services in the areas of greatest value in the industry. All with the aim of increasing competitiveness and productivity, and consequently increase its international role and thus eligible for the business opportunities that the major players in the aerospace world have been offering in recent years.

In just a few days, Andalusia will have the opportunity to reflect on all the good it has done in the aviation field with the reception of a new edition of ADM Seville, an event that has already become a reference in the circuit of major air shows in Europe. This event should serve to endorse precisely that condition which we have wrought, with much effort and work, as one of the highlights of the continent aeronautical poles.

Beyond business and meetings that will be held at this event, from FADA-CATEC we are also convinced that it is one of the best possible scenarios to further promote innovation in the sector. In ADM Seville the main tractor companies and contractors in the aerospace industry will attend, which will establish agreements or business contacts with suppliers or companies, but they also will seek to strengthen and improve their competitiveness with technology partners to provide greater value to their business and their products.

Therefore, seize the opportunity offered by this meeting to present and promote to the companies visiting us these days technological development we have achieved, with solutions and specific applications in many sub-sectors and areas of the sector, as some that we are promoting in CATEC. From advanced manufacturing technologies for the new “Factory of the Future” as additive manufacturing, collaborative robotics and flexible automated inspection systems or improving communication in assembly processes in real time; the design of electronic systems and the implementation of flight simulation environments or development of platforms and unmanned aircraft for use in operations other industrial sectors.

Because it is more than demonstrated that those companies that have in their DNA innovation and technological excellence are not only more productive and efficient, and are more likely to ensure their survival in the global market, but also have at their disposal more opportunities business and, ultimately, to continue to grow in a competitive sector like aviation.

Joaquín Rodríguez Grau
CATEC Director Manager

April 29th 2016
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