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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Institutions and companies of the aerospace sector meet in Seville to advance a strategy to boost the space industry


Our Center participated in this initiative led by the IDEA Agency and that is part of the Presidency of Seville of the Community of Ariane Cities in 2019


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Our Center participated on December 20 in a working meeting at the Airbus facilities in Tablada (Seville) in which different institutions and companies of regional and national scope brought together in order to promote a strategy to boost the Space industry in Andalusia. In this meeting, representatives of TEDAE, the HELICE Cluster, Andalucía Aerospace, the Ministry of Defence, some universities, Airbus, the City Council of Seville and the Junta de Andalucía participated, through the IDEA Agency, the Ministry of Employment, Business and Trade, which is in charge of the Technical Secretariat of the Andalusian Industrial Strategy and is responsible and leads this process.

As a result of this first working meeting, the base for the constitution of the Commission for the Space Industry in Andalusia was set up, at the beginning of 2019, within the framework of the Presidency of Seville of the Community of Ariane cities. Likewise, a roadmap and a program of events aimed at industry have been established, which will culminate at the end of the year, on the eve of the Interministerial Commission of the European Space Agency, with an international event on Space Technologies for Dual-Use, civil and Defence.

Andalusia, which is committed to the development of industry and innovation as a vector of territorial transformation through the Andalusian Industrial Strategy EIA2020, has recognized the space environment as an opportunity field of advanced industry on which to bet to generate activity and employment.

Therefore, it has launched this alliance between institutions, companies, knowledge and administration entities, in order to strengthen and link the players of the space industry in Andalusia; know their capabilities, connect regionally, nationally and internationally and establish a roadmap to position our region to take advantage of the opportunities in the European space strategy, and those actions arising from the European Defence Strategy, in collaboration with the Ministry of Defence, Science, Innovation and Universities, and Agriculture, and the European Space Agency (ESA) can be implemented in Andalusia.


February 1st 2019
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