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


Fernando Lasagni receives the international award Georg-Sach-Preis for his innovative works in the field of additive manufacturing for the aerospace sector

The award ceremony took place at an event held at the annual meeting of the German Materials Society and the Conference "Materials Science and Engineering", in which CATEC participated with several talks and presentations

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The German Society of Materials has delivered to our colleague Fernando Lasagni, director of the Materials and Processes Division of CATEC, the prestigious Georg-Sachs-Preis international award, which each year awards in order to recognize the work and scientific projection of those researchers who are closely related to the practice of materials science and engineering.

Lasagni received this recognition during an event held at the annual meeting of the German Materials Society and the Conference "Materials Science and Engineering" (MSE), which took place from 25 to 29 September in Darmstadt (Germany), and in which More than 1,500 scientists and experts from all over the world gathered in the field of Engineering and Materials Science. During the delivery, Lasagni thanked the scientific society for the awarding of the prize and its entire team of CATEC researchers, who are "the most responsible for materializing and carrying out the work in a timely manner and with the highest quality, in this case for the development of innovative products in the field of additive manufacturing ".

Lasagni and our team from the Materials and Processes Division have been recognized for their work in the application of this technology to new uses in the aeronautical and space field, such as the production of components for space launchers, satellites, scientific missions of the Agency European space and civil and military aircraft. Specifically, for space launchers Ariane 5 and Vega, and for different Airbus aircraft such as the A400M, the C295 or the A320neo and helicopters of the latest generation as the new RACER, also from the Airbus group.

On the occasion of the award ceremony, CATEC was invited to participate in the annual meeting of the German Materials Society and the conference "MSE 2018" with a paper entitled "End-to-End Process Development for Additive Manufactured Space Hardware ", Focused on the development of manufacturing processes of space hardware through additive technology. Likewise, CATEC gave three presentations on some of our most outstanding research and projects in this field within the session "Aerospace and innovative structures manufactured by Additive Manufacturing technology", which was organized precisely by Fernando Lasagni and Professor Christof Leyens, of the Technical University of Dresden and the Fraunhofer Materials Institute (IWS).

October 30th 2018
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