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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Aerospace scenarios to play leading roles



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We start this new bulletin after having held two referral events in the aerospace framework where our Centre has played a leading role again and that has helped us to strengthen our strategic position as one of the most promising technological centres linked to Aeronautics. Firstly, we speak about ADM Seville 2012, a business meeting which has notably encouraged the Spanish and Andalusian business network and where supply chain players have been able to interact and lay the foundations for new agreements of collaboration at commercial level but also at technological level.

We want to highlight this last chapter, that of technology, since ADM has been the ideal shop window to show the solid RDI commitment Andalusia is carrying out in Aeronautics as well as to present its new technological capabilities and the development undertaken in areas like new aerospace materials, electronics and onboard systems, or avionics and unmanned systems, in which we are growing and becoming little by little an international reference thanks substantially to CATEC’s promoter and leadership role supported by other entities like Academia and research centres within the community.

This commitment to RDI can be appreciated in how Andalusian and Spanish companies are the more and more involved to the development and application of new innovative and pioneering technologies to give added value to their activity as well as in the knowledge transfer from technological centres which are supporting the industry as in the case of CATEC. The agreement signed between our centre and the Spanish company TECNATOM in the area of detection and hidden failures record in aerospace components is a good example and we are reporting on it in the news section and besides, that is swelling the Centre’s firm portfolio to which technology or RD project development are offered or the intense agenda and meetings we had in the course of ADM.

It is also remarkable the CATEC’s participation at the prime national forum on unmanned aircraft and systems, UNVEX, one of the most promising areas within the aerospace industry. Our participation still appealed the interest of outstanding enterprises and companies which valued positively the projects developed by our Centre in this kind of aircrafts whose results are taking us to play an important role in this field at European level. This initiatives will be soon supported by the ATLAS Experimental Flight Centre, its works are about to be started. This shows once again the strategic leading position CATEC has in the area of UAS and the importance our Centre is getting at European and international level. We keep working on that line, to let Andalusian and Spanish RDI shine the more and more with its own light.

Juan Pedro Vela
General Director



May 29th 2012
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