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CATEC develops a pioneering aerial contact technology to carry out industrial inspections by using drones


October 9th 2017

This new technological development has been nominated for the Innovation Radar Prize 2017, promoted by the European Commission


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Our center has developed a new pioneering technology worldwide that allows the use of airborne robots and small unmanned aircraft, popularly known as drones, for industrial contact inspections. Specifically, CATEC has designed a new drone that is able of performing inspections that require contact, for example, with ultrasonic sensors, which "represents a great step further for the use of this type of aerial robots in different tasks, as they not only could see from the air but also touch and feel", explains Antidio Viguria, Head of Avionics & Systems Division in CATEC.

CATEC has focused on developing a new technology that is able to maintain contact in a safe and reliable way. The drone designed performs very precise movements and includes a completely new contact device that allows decouple and dampen external perturbations that may suffer during the work done in the air. An aspect that is critical in order to keep stability while the drone is performing contact operations. The initiative is part of the AEROARMS project, led by the University of Seville and funded by the European Commission program Horizon 2020 for Research and Development.

This aerial contact technology developed by CATEC is a major step into this vision that already allows today performing industrial contact inspections using a drone not only minimizing time and resources, but also decreasing human risks working at height.

This new technology has been named for the 2017 Innovation Radar Prize promoted by the European Commision that will be known in ICT's Proposer Day in Budapest, Hungary on 9 November.

You can see a demonstration video of this new technology this link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQdMlfK8VjY





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