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 participates in a new operational group that will investigate precision agriculture with drones in the Andalusian olive grove


The project is led by ASAJA Jaen, and will be developed over two years and includes drones flight through farms in Jaen, Cordoba, Granada, Almeria and Malaga to analyze the ground and determine different parameters


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CATEC is participating in the "R&D project on precision agriculture in the olive grove using Unmanned Aerial Systems" Operative Group, a new initiative that integrates one of the most ambitious and innovative operational groups in Andalusia in which the application of RPAS to precision agriculture will be studied and, more specifically, to the cultivation of olives. It is a project led by ASAJA-Jaen that aims to make farms more efficient and respectful of the environment while improving the profitability of farmers and strengthen the links between research and the rural world.

In this two-year project, included in the Andalusian Rural Development Plan 2014-2020, the University of Jaen and the Caja Rural Foundation with its Olivarum laboratory also participate as members. Likewise, the Agricultural and Fisheries Research and Training Institute (IFAPA) and the ASAJA associations of Granada, Almeria, Malaga and Cordoba collaborate, too.

The initiative is based on drones flights through olive farms in Jaen, Cordoba, Granada, Almeria and Malaga in order to analyze the ground and the olive, and determine parameters such as humidity, olive ripening status or pests, among many others. CATEC will be responsible for carrying out these flights, designing the UAS system for the flights and, advised by ASAJA, develop the necessary applications to define the sensors that will be used and the data that should be analyzed in the flights. Once the flight campaign is finished, the data processing will be carried out to obtain useful information about the state of the crop.

The project was presented at the headquarters of ASAJA-Jaen with representatives of all participating entities, and was attended by the provincial delegate of Agriculture, Juan Balbin.



July 10th 2018
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