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


Real support for the aviation industry

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Just a month ago we at CATEC and Aerópolis received a visit from their Majesties the King and Queen of Spain, embarking on the inauguration of the first business incubator and technology transfer in the aeronautics sector, an initiative supported by FADA-CATEC which will contribute in an important way to the development of new entrepreneurial and innovative initiatives in the aviation industry of Seville and Andalusia. It is a project that will enhance technology transfer to the sector, strengthen the competitiveness of our industry, and ultimately, help consolidate the good position that the Andalusian aeronautical industry has today, nationally and internationally, which is a good news for everyone.

King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia also had the opportunity to visit the CATEC facilities and get to know in detail the powerful R&D that our Center develops with the aim of bringing new technology solutions to the aerospace sector. Their Majesties were impressed with the technologies and new developments we made in our center, especially in the case of unmanned systems and aerial robots, which could be observed in several demonstration exercises and were evaluated positively for the new applications and uses that they are assuming in various sectors and general civil matters. To top it off, the King and Queen held a meeting with the businessmen and executives of the Andalusian industry, with whom they could speak and share their interest in the world of aviation and aircraft, especially in the case of King Felipe VI.

The visit coincided with the anniversary of the tragic accident of the A400M aircraft that cost the lives of four people in 2015, and the beginning of the third edition of the ADM Seville international conference, the largest business meeting in the aerospace and defense sector in Spain, which was held from May 10th to 13th in Seville. Thus, the visit has been a strong show of support by the King and Queen for the aviation industry, a strategic industrial sector within the Spanish economy with a high technological component and which has become one of the key exponents of internationalization and access to foreign markets for Spanish companies.

Therefore, from CATEC the Andalusian aerospace sector in general, we want to thank Their Majesties for their visit and the support offered by all those who work and develop our business in this industry, so that our businesses feel supported and have the confidence and commitment needed to continue growing and innovating in the competitive global aerospace market.

Joaquín Rodríguez Grau
CATEC Director Manager

June 30th 2016
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