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


Born Hi! Drone Technology, the first Dron Technology Show in Southern Spain

CATEC collaborates in a presentation day of this event that will be celebrated next February 2 in the Business Center of Aerópolis, destined to Aerospace companies of the sector

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Born Hi! Drone Technology, the first Dron Technology Show in Southern Spain
On Thursday, February 2, at 11:00 am, an informative breakfast for the presentation of the event HI! Drone Technology 2017, the First Dron Technology Show in Southern Spain, will take place at Business Center of Aerópolis (the Aerospace Technological Park of Andalusia). This meeting will be held on 7 and 8 June 2017 in the Palace of Congresses and Exhibitions of Malaga (FYCMA).

The day is destined to the companies of the aerospace sector of Seville, and in it the organization of HI! Drone will announce the main objectives of the event, the forms of participation, their areas of activity and the parallel activities that are planned to be carried out.

After the presentation, participants will take a guided visit to CATEC, where the research and applications lines that our Center will develop in the area of drones will be presented. In this day also collaborate HÉLICE Cluster and Aerópolis.

Companies and professionals interested in this presentation should confirm their attendance through the email or by telephone 650524647.

More information about the HI! Drone event in

February 2nd 2017
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