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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Our Center participates in different forums and reference meetings with national and international experts in the aerospace sector


He highlighted the "I Meeting Andalusia on Aeronautics and Defense Industry", of which FADA was a sponsor, or the presence in the S-Moving event on mobility and future


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Our Center has developed in the last weeks an intense activity that has led it to participate in different forums and reference meetings of the aerospace, defense and drones sector, in which it has managed to strengthen its relationship and collaboration with experts and entities of these sectors.

Thus, he participated in the first edition of the SER Meetings on the Defense and Aeronautics industry, organized by the Cadena SER Andalucía on October 2, in collaboration with our FADA, Airbus and Santa Bárbara Foundation, in which leading companies of the sector participated. and representatives of public administrations. In fact, he had the presence of the Secretary of State for Defense of the Government, Angel Olivares, and the Minister of Employment, Enterprise and Commerce of the Junta de Andalucía, Javier Carnero, among others. The meeting included a round table moderated by the president of FADA, Pilar Serrano, who had the participation of managers of the companies Aernnova, Inespasa and AERTEC Solutions, and other presentations by Airbus Defense and Space and General Dynamics Santa Bárbara Systems.

CATEC also had an outstanding participation in the event S-Moving (Smart, Autonomous and Unmanned Vehicles Forum), held in Malaga on October 17 and 18, and brought together the main companies and entities related to the field of mobility and drones from Spain. CATEC attended with its own stand in which we presented our wide range of UAS / RPAS technologies and services for its application and use in different sectors and participated in the program of technical sessions included in the appointment. Specifically, our general director, Joaquín Rodríguez Grau, participated in the round table on "Autonomous vehicles connected as a platform for the collection and processing of data", in which he presented some of our latest drone projects and highlighted the possibilities of This type of vehicles as an excellent platform for the collection and processing of data, in fields such as infrastructure inspection, agriculture and environment and logistics.

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In addition, our center was present in "secuDRone, Technological Drones and Security Applications Conference, which was held on October 4 in Madrid, where our fellow engineer Rafael Caballero, from the Division of Avionics and Systems, intervened explaining the latest innovations and applications that we are developing in terms of the use of unmanned systems (drones) and Artificial Intelligence for their application in surveillance operations'.

We have also attended the presentation of the Innovative Public Procurement Program that the Ministry of Agriculture made within the framework of the FIMART Fair held in Córdoba, and whose objective is to promote innovation through hiring. Finally, we also participated in the H2Orizon 2018 meeting, held at FIBES Sevilla in September, which brought together experts and professionals in water management and technologies. This event included a session on "Innovation in sustainable irrigation: sensors, satellites, drones", which featured a presentation by Antidio Viguria, our head of the Avionics and Systems Division.




October 30th 2018
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