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 Aeroemprende program brings the opportunities of the aerospace sector to young students from Jaen and Sevilla


CATEC organized two information days in which students from different education centers of both provinces participated


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In order to present the opportunities of entrepreneurship and professional development offered by new technologies linked to the aerospace sector, our Center recently organized two informative days addressed to young students from different secondary education centers in Jaen and Seville.

The initiative was framed within the project "Aeroemprende", an initiative carried out by FADA-CATEC, in collaboration with the Regional Ministry of Economy and Knowledge of the Junta de Andalucia, which seeks to detect and analyze business opportunities in the aerospace industry and promote the approach to the entrepreneur of innovative technologies in this field.

Thus, on the one hand, more than 125 students from the SAFA Villacarrillo, Mercedarias Villacarrillo and IES Las Villas Villacarrillo centers visited the facilities of our ATLAS Center in Jaen, along with Center's director, Anastasio Sánchez, and other CATEC engineers. The students saw a flight demonstration of drones and participated in an informative talk about the opportunities that these technologies represent for entrepreneurship and their professional future.

On the other hand, the IES San Jose de la Rinconada (Seville) hosted another informative session with students of the last years of secondary education, who were equally interested in knowing in detail the possibilities of professional and business development in the aerospace field. The talk also served to encourage students to pursue engineering or technological studies.


The Aeroemprende program brings the opportunities of the aerospace sector to young students from Jaen and Sevilla




July 10th 2018
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