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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More than one hundred professionals, researchers and students of the aerospace field gather at the Seminar SINASA 2017


Our Centre sponsored one more year this conference that has become one of the points of reference in the aviation area and aerial navigation systems in Spain


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More than one hundred professionals, researchers and students of the aerospace field gather at the Seminar SINASA 2017
The Higher Technical School of Engineering of the University of Seville hosted for the twelfth consecutive year the National Seminar of Avionics and Air Navigation Systems (SINASA), which during three days brought together more than 100 professionals, researchers and students of the aerospace sector. The event, which was held from April 19th to the 21st in the Higher Technical School of Engineering of the University of Seville (ETSI), counted again with the sponsorship and support of CATEC, given the great interest that this conference awakens every year, both amongst students of different degrees of engineering, as well as amongst teachers, researchers and entrepreneurs of the sector, which has allowed it to become one of the national conferences organized with greater prestige within the aerospace sector.

The opening ceremony was chaired by the Director of Foreign Affairs of the ETSI, Mª Ángeles Martín Prats (M.A.), and featured the presence of Francisco Sanchez Secure, Director of Manufacturing Engineering and Industrial Innovation of Airbus Defence & Space; and Joaquín Rodríguez Grau, director of FADA-CATEC. The opening ceremony also featured a lecture by George Schmidt, Fellow Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Distinguished Lecturer of AESS and Lecturer in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

As in previous editions, the seminar was developed in order to integrate the knowledge and practical experiences of large companies in the industry, the research teams, public management and universities in the field of avionics and air navigation. In addition, this year students, engineers and professors with their master's degree in air systems piloted remotely provided by the University of Seville, the University of Huelva and INTA, and in collaboration with FADA-CATEC. Also, during the seminar there were oral presentations and posters of the work carried out by students who have excelled in the subjects of avionics and navigation systems, and there was a technology visit to the Center of Experimentation of the National Institute of Aerospace Technology of the Arenosillo in Huelva.


June 14th 2017
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