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 won the prestigious 2017 Innovation Radar Prize, an initiative promoted by the European Commission, for its pioneering technology with drones for industrial inspections by contact


Our center has been awarded as the most innovative company in ICT in a competition in which 48 of the best EU-funded innovations developed by companies, research centers, start-ups or university spin-offs, have participated


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CATEC won the prestigious 2017 Innovation Radar Prize, an initiative promoted by the European Commission, for its pioneering technology with drones for industrial inspections by contact
CATEC has won the prestigious 2017 Innovation Radar Prize, an initiative promoted by the European Commission through the Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content & Technology (DG CONNECT), with the aim of promoting innovations from all over Europe that present a high potential for its later application in the market.
 
CATEC has achieved this recognition thanks to the development of a new pioneering worldwide technology that allows the use of aerial robots and small unmanned aircraft, popularly known as drones, that will be used to perform industrial inspections (such as ultrasonic) that require contact. This technology, called AEROX, was imposed in the final phase of the competition, in which the final decision of the jury composed of various experts decided to award the global prize to CATEC for "its advanced drone system for air contact".
 
The result and the award ceremony took place dutring the event "ICT Proposers Day", held in Budapest (Hungary) and in which seven other European innovations framed in different categories were recognized. Miguel Angel Trujillo, head of the AEROX’s team, and Anibal Ollero, CATEC’s scientific advisor, and main researcher of AEROARMS, were in charge of collecting the prize in Budapest.

CATEC won the prestigious 2017 Innovation Radar Prize, an initiative promoted by the European Commission, for its pioneering technology with drones for industrial inspections by contact
With this award, CATEC is consolidated as a European technological leader in the development of technologies and applications with drones to be used in different industrial sectors. Specifically, the new drone created by CATEC is able of performing inspections that require contact, for example, with ultrasonic sensors, which represents a great step further for the use of this type of aerial robots in different tasks, that not only allows to "see" from air, but also to "touch and feel". The initiative is part of the European project AEROARMS, in which the University of Seville also participates.
 
CATEC technology has focused on solving real industrial problems and has been advised by leading international companies in industrial inspection, in order to create a technology with a high level of maturity and that attracts the interest of the industry. "Achieving the Innovation Radar Prize is a great opportunity for us to increase the knowledge of this technology and to awaken the interest of the industry to exploit it," adds Antidio Viguria, head of the Avionics and Systems Division of CATEC.
 
Demonstrative video of AEROX:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQdMlfK8VjY


December 29th 2017
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