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


An irreparable loss

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We made a new edition of our digital bulletin INFOCATEC full of news for FADA-CATEC, such as the first UAV out of sight flight that took place in Spain, in the facilities of ATLAS Centre in Jaén; the development of new initiative of R&D and the next first “Industry Day” celebration. An event whose objective is to present our technologies and last developments and strengthen relations with the aerospace and technological industry in our country.

News that however don’t ease the enormous shock FADA had this summer after the irreparable loss of our General Director Mr. Juan Pedro Vela Martinez, a key person in the development of the aerospace sector and the promotion of innovation in Andalucía in the last ten years.

News, however, do not serve to ignore the event that marked this summer for the Foundation: the unexpected loss of our director manager and friend, Juan Pedro Vela Martinez.

He should have written these lines, always plenty of enthusiasm, illusion and energy that filled all his projects infecting everyone who worked with him and around him.

Juan Pedro, without any doubt, has been the fundamental protagonist in research and development of the Spanish aerospace industry in the last two decades, and since he arrived in 2008 to FADA, he became a father and a mentor for everyone in the center.

Emulate his job, his effort and commitment with research and development, so it’s to say, continuing his work is the best tribute everyone who had the pleasure of working with him or had him as a companion and friend, can render him.

Rest in peace, friend.

Alfonso J. Picardo
Technical Director

October 23rd 2014
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