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, presents a new version of the Foro Transfiere


Our Center participated in various round tables included in the scientific program and in different meetings to promote technological collaboration and develop projects with other businesses and entities


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CATEC, presents a new version of the Foro Transfiere
Last February 14 and 15, the seventh edition of the Foro Transfiere, the European Forum for Science, Technology and Innovation, was celebrated. More than 4,000 participants from 1,500 different companies, public entities, and research and technology centers attended with the objective of establishing relations and stimulating collaborations in R+D and overall innovation in different industrial sectors.

Our Center once again returned to attend this important scientific and technological event. Specifically, our Center participated in various round table discussions in the scientific program and in different meetings to foster collaboration with other businesses and entities and establish possible business agreements.

Our head of the Division of Materials and Processes, Fernando Lasagni, participated in a round table discussion about Functional Printing and Additive Manufacturing with other high-profile speakers like the Director of the Technology Platform 3NEO, Carlos Ruiz de León, and other business leaders from CEIT-IK4, PACKNET (the Spanish Technology Platform for Packaging), ITENE (the Spanish Technology Institute of Packaging, Transportation, and Logistics), MANU-KET (the Spanish Technology Platform for Advanced Manufacturing), REGEMAT 3D, AIJU (Spanish Technology Institute for Children’s Leisure Products), the University of Navarre and the Spanish Technology Platform, FOTONICA 21.

Additionally, we were present in the Printing Innovation Zone, a qualified zone created by the Spanish Technology Aerospace Platform, where we also made a presentation about CATEC and Additive Manufacturing.


March 1st 2018
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