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


Multipurpose robotic cell for the automation of industrial processes

Our center has a team of 4 manipulator robots that can contribute to the automation of processes for their application in the aerospace industry

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Multipurpose robotic cell for the automation of industrial processes
CATEC has the vanguard technological capabilities to meet a variety of needs related to the automation of manufacturing and assembly processes and the impulse of Robotics, one of the greatest areas of development and research in various industrial sectors. To strengthen this field, the Centre has a multipurpose robotic cell consisting of four industrial manipulators with possibility of operating cooperatively, as well as equipments and artificial vision systems, laser scanning, pneumatic, decentralized and personal safety automation and mobile platforms.

The purpose of this service is to accelerate and contribute to the implementation of improvements in production processes through the development of innovative solutions and technological demonstrators of different industrial processes and their development so they could be later implemented in companies. The combination of different automation technologies available allows increasing the abilities of the industrial robots, especially in their adaptability to a multitude of tasks and in the flexibility of operations.

This technology is available for companies and organizations interested in improving their automation processes in the manufacturing chain. For more information, contact the Department of Automation and Robotics and its director, Carlos Perez.

November 19th 2013
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