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


Cell multirobot to contribute to the implementation of improvements in production processes and production automation companies

CATEC offers this technology by using a team of four manipulator robots which work collaboratively, and by using other supplementary systems, which are on track to improve industrial productivity

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Our center provides companies from the aerospace sector and other industrial fields with the opportunity to install improvements and develop innovative solutions in the manufacturing process through the application of diverse technologies and teams. Among them, in the area of Automation and Robotics, a robot cell multipurpose, whose purpose is to help companies develop technological demonstrators and their set-up, so they can be subsequently implemented in the production processes of the companies.

To strengthen this field, the Centre has a multipurpose robotic cell consisting of four industrial manipulators with the capability of operating cooperatively, just like other equipment and artificial vision systems, with laser scanning and pneumatic abilities as well as personal safety automation and mobile platforms.

The combination of different automation technologies available increases the capabilities of the industrial robots, especially in regards to their ability to adapt to their large multidud of tasks, and provides them with more flexibility in the ways which they can complete their required operations.

To know more in detail the technology and ask for an offer, you can request a visit or contact with the area of Automation and Robotics, through its director, Carlos Perez.
Cell multirobot to contribute to the implementation of improvements in production processes and production automation companies

June 15th 2015
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