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


More than 80 aerospace and industrial companies meet to analyze the potential application of additive manufacturing technology

CATEC and the European project ADDISPACE, organized a conference where they also celebrated 40 meetings to promote technological collaboration

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More than 80 aerospace and industrial companies meet to analyze the potential application of additive manufacturing technology
Businesses, experts, and technology entities from Spain and different European countries met last February 21 in Aerópolis to analyze the potential development of Additive Manufacturing technology, known popularly as 3D-printing, for the future in the aerospace sector.

The conference, that was organized by CATEC within the European project ADDISPACE, counted more than 80 participating companies and included conferences and round table discussions between experts from firms like Airbus Defense & Space, ITP Aero, Renishaw Ibérica, The German Aerospace Center (DLR), PRINCIPIA, Alestis Aerospace, CITD Engineering, TRYO Aerospace, and the French Institute of Advanced Industrial Technologies (ESTIA).

During the conference, the experts emphasized the use and application of the Additive Manufacturing technologies as one of the keys for developing more advanced and efficient manufacturing for the aeronautic and space industries.

The meeting also included the celebration of more than 40 B2B business meetings between the attendees and a presentation workshop about the ADDISPACE project, where the members of this initiative shared with participants some of their work done up to now in this field.

The ADDISPACE project’s objective is to spread and transfer additive manufacturing technologies into metallic materials for the aerospace sector in the SUDOE area, which includes Spain, Portugal, and the south of France. The initiative is co funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) under the framework of the Interreg SUDOE program, which is led by the French Institute of Advanced Industrial Technologies (ESTIA).

Different companies, institutions, and research centers from Spain, France, and Portugal participate in ADDISPACE. Besides CATEC, other companies include: IK4-Lortek, Grupo Nicolás Correa Láser, the Spanish Association of Manufacturers of Machine Tools, Parts and Accessories (AFM), Advanced Manufacturing Technologies, the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, VLM Robotics and Micronorma. Aerospace clusters like HÉLICE, PEMAS, and Aerospace Valley are also participants.

More than 80 aerospace and industrial companies meet to analyze the potential application of additive manufacturing technology

More than 80 aerospace and industrial companies meet to analyze the potential application of additive manufacturing technology

March 1st 2018
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