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

EVA Project: Development of Highly Accelerated Life Test to be applied in structural components


This initiative, developed by CATEC, is intended to introduce and implement HALT-HASS methodology in the processes of validation of aeronautic structural components of composite, taking this technology further its current field of application


Rate it

EVA Project: Development of Highly Accelerated Life Test to be applied in structural components
One of the most outstanding R&D&I initiatives is the EVA project, in which CATEC is working internally with the objective of introducing, developing and implementing HALT-HASS methodology in the processes of validation of aerospace structural components of composite, taking this technology further its current field of application.

The project, which is two years long and has a budget of 250.000 Euros, has been financed through the Regional Ministry of Economy, Innovation and Science as Application of Knowledge Project for 2010, with the support of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Highly Accelerated Life Test (HALT) and Highly Accelerated Stress Screening (HASS), are outstanding methods for the detection and elimination of manufacturing defects, due to several reasons but need to be validated and developed and EVA is intended to answer this deficiency. These methods have positive impacts in the aeronautical sector since it saves time and costs when designing aerostructures

This project is being developed by the Materials and Processes Area under the responsibility of the Dr. Fernando Lasagni.

EVA Project: Development of Highly Accelerated Life Test to be applied in structural components


September 26th 2011
Read 755 times


New comment: