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


Great business and institutional representation at oficial inauguration of our facilities

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CATEC’s facilities recently inaugurated include 3,000 m of laboratories and workshops and 1,500 m of office space located at Aeropolis, the Aerospace Technology Park of Andalusia, the only industrial park in Spain completely devoted to the aeronautical sector. During its coming-out, the president of the Andalusian Regional Government, highlighted that CATEC’s main objective is “to contribute improving the competitiveness of aerospace companies through scientific research, technological development and innovation, promoting knowledge generation and technology transfer”.

Griñán visited the facilities accompanied by the Regional Minister of Economy, Innovation and Science, Antonio Ávila; the Director-General of the Andalusian Agency for Innovation and Development (IDEA), Antonio Valverde; the Director-General of CATEC, Juan Pedro Vela, and several representatives of companies in the Andalusian aerospace industry, universities and academic institutions. Besides the institutional speech and the visits organized in several groups, a video about our Center’s services and objectives was shown, in which assistants could know, grosso modo, our technological capacities and our large scientific-technological equipment addressed to the aerospace research, specialized human resources integrated in our projects, and services offered by our main work areas: Materials and Processes, Avionics and Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Automation and Robotics and Simulation and Software.

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Great business and institutional representation at oficial inauguration of our facilities

Great business and institutional representation at oficial inauguration of our facilities

Great business and institutional representation at oficial inauguration of our facilities

April 6th 2011
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