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


Kick-off Meeting of the European project INDUPYMES 4.0

The objective of the project is to help SMEs of the automotive, naval and aerospace sectors to integrate themselves into the new digital factory concept, and is led by FADA-CATEC

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The kick-off meeting of the European project “INDUPYMES 4.0: DIGITAL FACTORY FOR INDUSTRIAL SMES” took place last June 11, belonging to the 2nd Call of the cooperation programme Interreg V-A Spain-Portugal (POCTEP), at the FADA-CATEC facilities in Seville.

The POCTEP Cross-Border Cooperation Program aims to improve the participation of the business fabric in innovation processes and in the R&D activities closest to the market. Specifically, the objective of the project is to help SMEs in the automotive, naval and aerospace sectors, as well as their supply chain, to integrate themselves into the new concept of digital factory. All this through knowledge transfer and the use of existing R&D infrastructures.

The consortium of this project is composed of a total of 11 partners belonging to the Alentejo (Portugal) and Andalusia (Spain) regions and is led by FADA-CATEC. The rest of the partners participating in the project are: the Associação Portuguesa para o Clúster das Industrias Aeronáutica do Espaço e da Defesa (AEDCP), Innovation and Development Agency of Andalusia (IDEA Agency), the Agência de Desenvolvimento do Alentejo (ADRAL), the Engenharia e Desenvolvimento Center (CEIIA), the Official Chamber of Commerce of Seville, the Metal Entrepreneurs Federation (FEDEME), Diseño y automatización Ningenia, the Science and Technology Park of Alentejo (PACT), the University of Évora and the University of Seville.

The INDUPYMES 4.0 project is co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) under the INTERREG VA Spain-Portugal (POCTEP) 2014-2020 cooperation programme.

Kick-off Meeting of the European project INDUPYMES 4.0

August 26th 2019
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