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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Professionals from various sectors were informed in a workshop about using drones in emergency management


The activity was organized by the government delegation of Junta de Andalucia in Jaén and included a practical workshop in our ATLAS Experimental Flight Center


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Last February, Regional Government of Andalusia organized through its government delegation in Jaén a training workshop in which more than a hundred professionals linked to the emergency sector were informed about the advantages of the application of drones in managing such situations.

The initiative was developed with the purpose of informing about the main applications of this type of aerial systems and about the legal framework that regulates the use of drones. It included a theoretical workshop by Anastasio Sánchez, director of ATLAS Experimental Flight Center in Villacarrillo, as well as other workshop which was celebrated in our facilities, too. In particular, the attendees visited the ATLAS Center and know its infrastructures of excellence devoted exclusively to experimentation, simulation and validation of light unmanned aircraft.

During the day they highlighted the wide possibilities of the use of drones, which allows opening a space for the training of professionals in the field of emergencies. The training was aimed at members of the State's security forces, local a regional police, firefighters and environment agents, as well as members of Civil Protection and the Emergency Group of Emergencies of Andalusia.


April 18th 2017
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