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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Successful participation of CATEC in a new edition of the ADM Sevilla international meeting


Our Center and the company Zero 2 Infinity presented the first 3D printing space rocket engines, participated in different workshops and conferences and held a high number of B2B meetings


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CATEC successfully attended ADM Sevilla 2018, the largest business meeting of the aerospace sector in Spain and one of the events of reference in Europe, which was held once again in the capital of Andalusia . Our center developed different activities and presentations in which it presented its latest technology that is already being applied by the industry of the sector, at the same time that it held many B2B business meetings and interviews with companies and international and national entities.

Among the activities developed, it took place the official launching of the combustion chamber for Zero 2 Infinity’s Bloostar engine, made by FADA-CATEC through advanced manufacturing technology (3D printing).

This aerospace component was presented by the director of CATEC, Joaquin Rodriguez Grau; the head of the Materials and Processes Division, Fernando Lasagni; and the founder and CEO of the company Zero 2 Infinity, Jose Mariano Lopez-Urdiales. The Regional Minister of Employment, Business and Trade of the Government of Andalusia, Javier Carnero, was also participating in this important presentation, who highlighted the potential of this type of technologies because of their advantages, and the leadership of both entities in the aerospace sector.

The 3D printing of this engine is an international milestone, the result of the collaboration between CATEC and Zero 2 Infinity,and implies a key step in the development of a new generation of space rocket engines through more efficient technologies, since it entails a dramatic reduction in cost, environmental impact, production time, and mass.

The CATEC agenda at ADM Sevilla 2018 also included participation in several workshops and round tables, such as “High altitude pseudo-satellites: state- of-the-art, challenges and trends", in which the opportunities represented by this new type of satellites were analyzed, or a presentation of the European project AERIS, of which CATEC is a partner.





July 10th 2018
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