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


Progress and development to keep flying

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According to latest data presented recently in the industry report made by the Cluster Hélice, the Andalusian aerospace industry continued growing in 2014 consolidating its leadership in the aerospace sector in Spain and Europe. A year with a further increase in turnover and employment, but also in other important indicators such as the level of qualification of Andalusian professionals, the rate of growth compared to the average of the Spanish sector or entrenched position of Andalusia as the second national aerospace region.

In FADA-CATEC we feel satisfied, and we are pleased with the tiny grain of sand that we bring from our Centre each year in the field on R&D, a key aspect to increase the competitiveness of our companies and contribute to achieve those results. Here, in this new newsletter, we present a good example, where we highlight some of the latest advances and technological developments we have achieved and also various aerospace companies, which can provide new business opportunities for the sector's future.

First of all, works successfully done with Airbus Defence & Space that allowed introducing additive manufacturing technology (3D printing) in the manufacture of components for future space launchers of the European Space Agency (ESA); secondly, the collaboration with the Spanish company Aernnova in its participation in the new European program Clean Sky, in order to create a more efficient, sustainable and environmentally friendly aircraft. No less interesting is the ARCOW initiative, a project that also works with Airbus DS for the application of robots and drones in the assembly and manufacture process of aeronautical structures in plants, that has been chosen as one of the top five European projects to participate in the robotics competition EUROC, one of the largest in Europe.

We are moving in the right direction, but we must insist on this technological work effort if we want to continue flying in the top world aviation places. We will center our commitment and efforts in this direction, working and collaborating with companies (especially the auxiliary industry) in the development of new technologies and knowledge-based solutions that enable our industry to increase its share of added value, competitiveness and, consequently, business and economic activity (sales, employment, etc.).

Joaquín Rodríguez Grau
FADA Director Manager

July 31st 2015
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