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

Projects

CEMTAURO: Multiprocess Cells for Aircraft Operations in Robotic Manufacturing, Assembly and Inspection


CATEC participates in this new R&D project led by the company Aernnova and which also involved other companies in the sector as Sofitec or Airgrup


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CEMTAURO: Multiprocess Cells for Aircraft Operations in Robotic Manufacturing, Assembly and Inspection
Our Center is participating in a new R&D project called CEMTAURO (“Developing Multiprocess Cells for Aircraft Operations in Robotic Manufacturing, Assembly and Inspection”). This project develops different technological solutions aimed at improving the efficiency and productivity in the assembly of various aircraft structures low and average cadence.

Therefore, it aims to develop and validate specific technologies for robust automation of assembly processes aeronautical; automation TIG welding processes for the manufacture of aeronautical pipes for fluid transport; and assistance to the operator by Vision and Projection systems in assuring of manufacturing processes and aeronautical inspection.

The project is led by the company Aernnova Andalucía, and it also involved the companies Sofitec and Airgrup, as well as CATEC like outsourced research center. Project management also has the technical services of the Andalusian Institute of Technology (IAT).

CEMTAURO is a project of to the ERDF-Innterconecta programme and is funded by the Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI), with co-financing from the European Union. The project is being implemented since last year and will be completed by the end of 2017. The total budget is 1.9 million euros.


April 29th 2016
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