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


Investing to keep on growing

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Data from Andalusian aerospace during 2013 presented a few weeks ago by the Andalusian Aerospace Cluster Helix highlighted again that companies and industry enterprises in the community are very healthy. That’s because, in the last year, they kept the upward trend and the rate of sustained growth they have been experiencing for over a decade in its main indicators, such as sales, employment and productivity, and have increased notably in other fields such as exports. It’s expected Data will keep on growing in the next years, thanks to the increase of the ram up of A400M and the entry into series production of the A350 and A320neo, the two new models of Airbus involving an important part of the sector in Andalusia.

2013 hasn’t been as good in other fields in this sector, we are referring to investments, an especially important sector for FADA-CATEC. That’s the case of investments in R &D, which came down in the auxiliary industry with reference to 2012. It’s been because of the end of FEDER- Innterconecta Projects. In addition, there has been a loss of almost 10% workers which worked in the R & D departments and subsidiary companies, despite the efforts made by the industry in an economic and financial context which still remains difficult.

All the different Public Administrations have been offering their support to the aerospace sector and their commitment with research, technological development and innovation, especially Andalusia. Large tractor companies are claiming a stable investment strategy and support R&D that strengthens our industry in all areas in which we are already a model, and also let us to get a foothold and grow in others that will shape the future of the aviation in the future. It is a very important factor if we want to participate in new developments and programs linked to the international aerospace industry, such as the case of aircraft and unmanned systems or intelligent manufacturing.

CATEC is convinced about this is the way we should go together, administrations, companies and technological and research centres, so that we can establish ourselves as one of the most important aeronautic poles and be prepared to access new global market business opportunities.

Juan Pedro Vela
General Manager

July 4th 2014
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