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 successfully passed the annual review of the European Commission about SAFEMOBIL and ARCAS projects, led by the Center

Our center meets the established planning requirements in both initiatives and continues to progress in the development of the works included in the European research

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CATEC successfully passed the annual review of the European Commission about SAFEMOBIL and ARCAS projects, led by the Center
CATEC has successfully passed the technical control of the European Commission for the projects EC-SAFEMOBIL and ARCAS, both initiatives that belong to the UE Seventh Framework Programme for R&D in the EU and which are led and coordinated by our Center in the field of unmanned aerial systems (UAV's) and robotics. Thanks to this milestone, our center meets the established planning requirements in both projects, allowing to continue with a satisfactory progress in the development of the different works and tasks included in the two European initiatives. The results have been well received by controllers of the Commission, who emphasized the level of fulfillment of the projects and the involvement of partners and entities.

In the case of EC-SAFEMOBIL, the project will finish soon its second year of work and aims to develop new multivehicle cooperative technologies using unmanned aerial systems (UAS).

Meanwhile, ARCAS focuses on the development and experimental validation of the first free-flying robot system equipped with robotic manipulators capable of working cooperatively to develop joint applications such as maintenance and assembly of structures in inaccessible locations or involving a significant risk to humans. In this case, the initiative has finished its first year of work and begins research for the second exercise.

For further information about the projects, you can visit the websites and Both of them have a press room available with the latest publications and videos of experiments.

July 31st 2013
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