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, the best technological allied for the international aerospace companies at Le Bourget 2011

The centre will be boosted at the Paris air show as a researching place of excellence pioneer in Europe for the development of new technologies at the global aerospace industry’s service

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CATEC, the best technological allied for the international aerospace companies at Le Bourget 2011
The Centre for Advanced Aerospace Technologies (CATEC) will be boosted at the next edition of Le Bourget, the most important international aerospace air show in Europe, held from the 20th to the 26th of June in Paris (France), as the best technological allied for the International aerospace companies and a researching place of excellence Pioneer in Europe for the development of new Technologies at the global industry’s service.
CATEC will be presented at the informative stand of the Andalusian aeronautical delegation at the air show with the objective of showing its latest advances developed in different researching areas to companies, institutions and technological participating entities. The centre will also present its large and new technological capacities and scientific and technical equipment offered by its facilities located at the Aerospace Technological Park of Andalusia, Aerópolis, in Seville, which are devoted to promote the improvement of competitiveness for the industry through scientific research, technological development and innovation, boosting the creation of knowledge and technology transfer.  
Besides, they will announce some of most outstanding R&D&I projects, currently carried out like the ATLAS Experimental Flights Centre, the first centre in Spain and the third one in Europe devoted integrally to test Technologies and unmanned air systems, UAV’s, and other pioneering initiatives which are projecting Andalusia and Catec as a place at the cutting edge of research and development of new technologies linked to the global aerospace industry.   
See you at Le Bourget!

June 22nd 2011
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