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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The development and application of new technologies in different industrial sectors not only involves research or development of a new product or service, but also the ability of adapting or transferring a technology already in use in a particular field to another in which could be used its potential and be applied with new innovations, providing a higher added value. Dual-use technologies are an example of them, ie, those technologies that can be applied in a civil environment and are also susceptible to military use, or vice versa.

Through the “International Conference on Dual-Use Technologies”, Seville and Andalusia had the opportunity to become these days in a large forum for discussion and analysis of the use of these technologies and their future, in which have participated about 200 companies and regional, national and European institutions from more than ten countries.

Including FADA-CATEC, which has participated in a special way in the event showing all technologies developed by our companies and research institutions in order to explore synergies and business opportunities that may represent a competitive advantage in industries such as aerospace or defense.

These were days of intense work, conferences, presentations and business meetings between companies and attending institutions that we believe will give a new boost to encourage collaboration in the business network, and bring advances in important areas such as electronics, nanotechnology, new materials, and telecommunications. Also to consolidate the active work of R&D that takes place in Andalusia and Spain in sectors such as defense and aerospace, and firmly to position ourselves in innovation strategies for smart specialization (RIS3) demanded by EU and shape the future of economic and technological growth in the coming decades. Just working in this line we will get to be well positioned and we will make our industry stronger and more competitive for the challenges of the future.

Joaquín Rodríguez Grau
FADA Director Manager

November 10th 2015
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