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


Our Center presented its experience in environmental monitoring with UAS at the CivilDron 2017 Congress

The event, held in Madrid, brought together the main actors in the sector of unmanned aerial systems in our country and addressed the latest developments for its application in the civil sector

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CATEC was present in a new edition of the Congress on Drones Applications to Civil Engineering, CivilDron'17, held on 24 and 25 January in Madrid and where participate the main companies, research centers and entities of the sector of the systems and unmanned airplanes (RPAS / UAV) in Spain.

In the event the latest developments in the field of unmanned aircraft were presented through different conferences and round tables, which also were addressed other interesting aspects regarding the legislation of these technologies, the development of anti-aircraft systems and the increasing importance of insurance to address the risks of these devices.

CATEC participated in this third Congress presenting its experience in applications with drones in animal and environmental monitoring in the Doñana National Park, thanks to its intervention in different R&D projects and its collaboration with the Doñana Biological Station (CSIC).

CivilDron'17 was organized by the Community of Madrid and the Energy Foundation of the Community of Madrid.

February 2nd 2017
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