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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The ADDISPACE project offers an advanced course in metallic additive manufacturing to train companies and professionals in the sector


CATEC was the organizer of this course, which was a great success of participation and assessment by the attendees


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The CATEC facilities hosted last June the Advanced Course of Metallic Additive Manufacturing, organized by our Center within the framework of the European project ADDISPACE, in which it participates.

This initiative was aimed at companies interested in learning in deep about processes related to additive manufacturing (AM) technologies, especially in the aerospace sector, with the objective of bringing this technology to SMEs for future acquisition and / or integration into their business models and manufacturing processes, showing the value chain of the entire process, and their real experiences, including the positive and negative aspects.

The course ended with great success, as a total of 22 professionals and experts of the sector completed the capacity of the event. The course lasted 3 days and focused on AM processes and NDT verification techniques (non-destructive testing) applied to aerospace sector. In addition, among other issues, topological optimization and design focused on additive manufacturing were addressed, and one of the most important aspects, focused on non-destructive inspection techniques (NDT) and their added value in this emerging manufacturing process.

The European project ADDISPACE, belonging to the Interrog Sudoe call, is an initiative that aims to promote additive manufacturing technologies as a change in the manufacturing paradigm in the aerospace sector and as an opportunity for SMEs. It also seeks to demonstrate the technological and economic feasibility and high levels of quality of metal components built using this technology.

The project, in which different companies and institutions from Spain, France and Portugal participate, has a duration of 3 years and a budget of 1.7 million euros, of which 1.3 million euros are funded by the ERDF funds. More information in http://www.addispace.eu/.

Diagnosis and Study of Opportunities:
http://www.addispace.eu/gestor/recursos/uploads/imagenes/noticias/INFORME/State_of_the_art_MAM-ENGLISH_low.pdf

Catalogue:
http://www.addispace.eu/gestor/recursos/uploads/imagenes/home/slider/SUDOE_AERONAUTIC_media.pdf

Online catalogue:
http://addispace.ipleiria.pt/


July 10th 2018
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