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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CATEC attends the Space Tech Expo, the largest international fair in the space sector in Europe


Our Center participated as a member of the STAR3 alliance to present and promote its services and technological capabilities in this area and attract new business opportunities to European space industry


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CATEC attended the international Space Tech Expo Europe 2017, held in Bremen (Germany) from November 19 to 21, where it has participated as part of the technological alliance STAR3, which our Center maintains with the CTA (Aeronautics Technology Center) and TECNALIA.
 
CATEC attended this important event in order to present and promote its services and technological capabilities in the space sector and attract new business opportunities to the industry. It also presented some of the technological milestones developed for the sector, such as the successful production of aerospace components for satellites through the additive manufacturing process (3D printing).
 
STAR3, formerly known as TRISPACE, is an alliance whose main objective is to unite resources and offer a more complete and attractive technological and service capacity, which allows generating and developing new business opportunities for the Space industry in Europe and the international arena, through applied research.  

It is the first and only alliance that is promoted in this field in Spain and aims to promote the strengthening and improvement of the coordination of innovation capabilities in materials, manufacturing processes, systems and testing for the space sector. It also seeks to stimulate technology transfer towards uses in other industrial sectors, and, ultimately, to reinforce the positioning and innovative capacity of the Spanish space industry.  
CATEC attends the Space Tech Expo, the largest international fair in the space sector in Europe


December 29th 2017
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