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


Specific solutions and services to link the “Factory of the Future" to companies in the aerospace sector

Our Center offers a wide selection of lines or industrial application technologies to advance towards new aerospace manufacturing processes more intelligent and innovative

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CATEC is betting strongly on the development of services and solutions for the “Factory of the Future (FoF)” or “Industry 4.0” the new paradigm that has been raising with the need to apply more efficient, intelligent and innovative solutions to the challenges of manufacturing in the aerospace industry for the coming years.

To do this, CATEC is working very intensively on different lines with aerospace companies, especially in the Andalusian sector, and has already developed multiple solutions specific of industrial application for new aircraft production processes.

CATEC focus on development of 15 manufacturing technologies or services adapted to the aerospace sector requirements. It counts on the collaboration of important companies as Airbus Defence & Space, Aernnova, Airgrup, Alestis Aerospace, Tecnatom, CT Ingenieros or Applus, among others.

These lines are:
-Additive Manufacturing ALM / FDM (known as 3D printing)
-Flexible and more productive inspection systems
-Manufacture and in service monitoring
-Automation of aeronautical complex processes (drilling and milling, sealant application, aircraft painting)
-Collaborative robots
-Reconfigurable and flexible stands
-Laser projection for assembly
-Application of Automatic Guided Vehicles (AGVs) and Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs) to plant logistics
-RFID processes control connected to the ERP and WMS
-Indoor location systems in the factory
-Virtual and Augmented Reality applied to manufacturing and troubleshooting
-Process simulation
- Interactive Workbench
-Factory 100% Interconnected and Industrial Internet of Things

For more information about specific services and solutions related to the Factory of the Future, please contact our Center through CATEC also will present these technologies under the ADM Sevilla 2016 international meeting, to be held from 10 to 13 May in Seville, through its own stand located on the meeting.

April 29th 2016
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