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

Technology

CATEC develops additive manufacturing systems through Fused Deposition Modelling method


The Centre is collaborating with the company SICNOVA in the implementation of this technology, which allows the creation of pieces and structures with less production costs, an important weight reduction, and more freedom of design


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CATEC is collaborating with the company SICNOVA, specializing in additive manufacturing and 3D printing, in the development of manufacturing systems through the Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) method. This is one of the various additive manufacturing processes our Centre is currently working with, which has become a benchmark in this field both its application in the aerospace industry, as well as other industries.

Like other additive manufacturing techniques, the Fused Deposition Modelling or FDM is a process used for the production of prototypes and parts on a small scale; through the joining of powdered layers that are solidifying after the laser application, following a pattern designed in 3D.

This technology is used increasingly in diverse industrial sectors because streamlines testing with small pieces, allowing the creation of structures and assemblies with lower production costs and a significant weight reduction, thanks to the great design possibilities that it offers, with very complex geometries. Specifically, the FDM is very useful for the creation of structures used in medical tissue engineering.

If you want to know more information about this technology, you can contact the Materials and Processes area through the mail: materiales@catec.aero.


November 2nd 2016
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