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


CATEC busy schedule of international and national events and technology fairs

Hannover Messe, Civil Dron 2019, the Spanish Engineering Summit or an EASA seminar in Peru were some of the most outstanding meetings attended by CATEC

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Our Centre has developed in recent weeks an intense agenda attending and participating in different events, fairs and conferences linked to national and international technology sector, in order to strengthen and expand relationships and partnerships with other key actors and entities that work in this field. Thus, we have recently participated in the Hannover Messe fair in Germany, one of the largest industrial events in the world, where we have presented our AEROX drone, and we have shown practical demonstrations of how industrial inspection is carried out by contacting this drone, thanks to the collaboration of our partners Tuv Nord and Sensima in the AEROARMS project.

We have also participated in the CORUS U-Space workshop (Concept of Operations for European UTM Systems), organized by Eurocontrol and SESAR, where we have learned about the latest advances and aspects on the future integration of drones in European airspace. Our presence at the workshop on regulation and safety of drone operations that was held at the end of February in Lima (Peru), organized by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and with the attendance of more than 100 experts from 25 countries, was also very important. Our colleague Antidio Viguria, Head of Avionics & Systems Division, was in charge of participating, presenting the experience of CATEC in standardization and technological development in drones.

Civil Drone Congress and more
Other important events attended were the Civil Drone Congress 2019, where we participated in the panel on Traffic Management of Unmanned Aircraft Systems and in a presentation of the PANDORA project ( Air-ground platform with autonomous navigation to capture reality and its application to construction), and at the conference "Metal Additive Manufacturing Challenges & Opportunities", belonging to the ADDISPACE project, where experts from Spain, France and Portugal presented the latest opportunities in Metal Additive Manufacturing for the aerospace sector.

Likewise, CATEC collaborated with the Spanish Engineering and Business Summit 2019, organized by the Andalusian Higher Engineering Association (ASIAN) and the conference "Cervera Transfer: R&D funding and opportunities in Andalusia", organized by ZABALA Innovation Consulting.

April 25th 2019
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