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

Technology

Successful completion of the FEDER Innterconecta CEMTAURO project


Led by Aernnova Andalucía, it has been carried out in order to develop multiprocessing cells for aerospace robotic operations in manufacturing, assembly and inspection.


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Successful completion of the FEDER Innterconecta CEMTAURO project
This ambitious project, which was approved in the call for applications in 2015, comes to an end after almost three years of work, and after reaching the objectives set initially. CEMTAURO has the participation of Aernnova Andalucia, as leader of the consortium, in addition to Sofitec and Airgrup, companies with a significant presence in the aeronautical sector, both regionally and nationally. FADA-CATEC, who has participated as a research organization, has worked closely with the consortium companies in the implementation of activities developed in the project.

The main activities of CEMTAURO have been: flexible manufacturing cells for drilling and aeronautical sealing operations; Automation of cutting and welding processes in aeronautical conduits for the transport of fluids; and finally, assistance to the operator in the assurance of aeronautical processes.

We have reached remarkable results following the development and validation of the technologies used in the project, mainly related to automation of processes in the aeronautical sector.

The Feder Innterconecta CEMTAURO Project has been funded by the Center for Industrial Technological Development (CDTI) and supported by the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities.

Successful completion of the FEDER Innterconecta CEMTAURO project


July 10th 2018
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