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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Our center organized, within the framework of the Aeroemprende project, a cycle of conferences in Seville, Cadiz, Malaga and Jaen to support the promotion and development of the productive fabric in the community


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CATEC organized at the end of May and beginning of June a cycle of conferences for companies and entrepreneurs in Seville, Cadiz, Malaga and Jaen to present the main business opportunities linked to the aerospace sector, in order to support the development of the productive fabric in Andalusia.

The objective of this initiative, supported by the Regional Ministry of Economy, Knowledge, Business and Universities, was to bring the latest innovative technological advances to help young entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized Andalusian companies to boost their business or projects in the aerospace sector.

The activity was framed within the Aeroemprende Andalucía 2018 project, developed by FADA-CATEC in order to support the promotion of the business fabric in the region by bringing innovative technologies to Andalusian SMEs. It also aims to support the Regional Ministry of Economy and Knowledge in its work to promote and develop an innovative, creative and competitive business fabric by conducting a study of the growth opportunities offered by the aerospace sector.

The conferences focused on a workshop where FADA-CATEC workmates, in addition to presenting the latest innovative technological advances and demonstrating the results obtained in the Aeroemprende project, analyzed the business opportunities and possibilities for their business development in the coming years.




August 26th 2019
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