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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Step by step, quietly, but working hard and truthfully, CATEC is creating a trademark and a reputation within the international aeronautical industry. To support this statement, there is the recent award of the agreement with Safran engineering at Le Bourget, an information that also strengthens the image and international positioning of our Centre, as a valuable technological partner for big European engineering firms.

Indeed, we tried to show at Le Bourget the wide range of capabilities, resources and services that we can offer to companies, as well as the experience that we have gathered together during these years, which is already our best guarantee, even though we are a “young” Centre.

Modestly, but with a strong conviction, nowadays we can say that CATEC is an European benchmark in some of the most interesting research lines with the biggest potentiality that there are being developed in this industry, particularly in the sector of UAV technologies, in which we have recently achieved another success: the first  completely automatic night flight of an Andalusian UAV.

You will find these and other news about CATEC on this new issue of the bulletin, which aim is to show companies which are our technological capabilities and how can we help them to reach their targets in a more and more demanding and global market.

Juan Pedro Vela
General Director

July 29th 2011
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