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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FADA-CATEC will collaborate one more year with the celebration of the World Space Week in Seville


Our center participated with an exhibition of some works and pieces manufactured by additive manufacturing technology for the space sector


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Seville joined, for the sixth consecutive year, the World Space Week, an initiative that was held worldwide between October 4 and 10 and that had a wide program of activities developed in the capital of Seville. . The World Space Week, initiative promoted by the United Nations, is the main international event related to the use of space technologies, whose main purpose is to disseminate to the public the benefits of the Science and Space industry for Society, an industrial sector which has a relevant weight in Andalusia and a promising future.

The activities were coordinated by the Space Forum of the City of Seville, an initiative in which 30 public and private entities linked to the aerospace sector collaborated, and in which our center, FADA-CATEC, participated one more year.

The program included more than 20 activities aimed at citizens to raise awareness of the potential of the Andalusian space sector through its main social and economic agents and developed in 15 different spaces. Among the activities highlighted professional forums, conferences and round tables, educational workshops with children, visits to planetariums, exhibitions and days of open doors to companies. Specifically, our Center collaborated with an exhibition on technologies and parts manufactured by additive manufacturing technology (3D printing) for the space, which took place at the headquarters of the CREA building (Center for Advanced Business Resources).

The initiative closed with remarkable success, as more than 2,000 citizens participated in the different programmed activities. The organization foresees that next year, with Seville as the capital of the Community of Ariane Cities, the participation of both the citizens and the economic and social agents of the sector will increase.



October 30th 2018
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