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New Milestone in the development of unmanned aerial vehicles thanks to the first night flight of an Andalusian UAV


July 29th 2011

Theses are the first tests to validate this kind of UAVs flights which will be applied after in activities carried out inside the European PLANET Project at Parque de Doñana


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New Milestone in the development of unmanned aerial vehicles thanks to the first night flight of an Andalusian UAV
New milestone in the Andalusian aeronautics thanks to the development of new unmanned aerial vehicles technologies after successfully finish the first fully automatic night flight of an Andalusian UAV.    This initiative, carried out last June, is part of the flight validation process and preliminary tests inside the PLANET project, belonging to the EC VII Framework Project in which CATEC participates
 
Particularly, they are the first tests to validate this kind of UAV’s flights in the right conditions to be applied after in the Singular Scientific and Technological Infrastructure at the Parque Nacional de Doñana, destined to monitoring and collecting fauna and flora data for the environment conservation, protection and surveillance.    
 
This flight was promoted by Elimco which is producing the Viwer (UAV used in this test) and CATEC, owner entity of the model. Some representatives from the Regional Ministry of Environment and the Andalusian Water Agency, who witnessed first-hand the great performance and the good flight of the aircraft, attended the test.
 
The PLANET project involve the development of new systems to use efficiently UAVs integrated with wireless ground sensors for the monitoring and help to take decisions about the environment conservation. The project has a budget around 7 millions euro, from what 4,9 millions are funded by the European Commission. Besides its application in environment conservation, this project has a second scenario of application on airports automation. In this sense, more experiments are expected to be carried out at the ATLAS Experimental Flight Centre in Jaén, promoted by FADA-CATEC.



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