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


Last generation omni-directional platform for mobile applications of transport of large loads

The Automation and Robotics area in CATEC has an advanced equipment that allows the transport and transfer of loads or materials with excellent maneuverability in any direction and rotation

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Last generation omni-directional platform for mobile applications of transport of large loads
The broad portfolio of services and technological equipment that CATEC makes available to companies and aerospace entities includes, in the area of Automation and Robotics, a “omniMove" or last generation omni-directional platform for mobile applications requiring high load.

This type of equipment is widely used in the aviation industry and other sectors for the transport of loads, structures or oversize and several tons material, allowing great maneuverability in any direction and also in the rotation on itself. Its main advantages include positioning accuracy and movement in any direction, and its lifting ability, with the possibility of reaching a height of several feet in any position, easily and safely. For technical reasons of security, this platform can not be used completely automatically, so that it is manually controlled by one of CATEC’s professionals.

If you want to know and learn more about this service, please contact the head of the Automation and Robotics area: Carlos Pérez.

June 10th 2013
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