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 Aeronautics, Space and Dual Technologies Sectorial Group of the Enterprise Europe Network visits the CATEC facilities


The members of this European working group learned about some of the main R&D projects that CATEC is currently developing


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CATEC received on October 2 and 3 the visit of the Sectoral Group "Aeronautics, Space and Dual Technologies" of the Enterprise Europe Network, a visit made through the Agency of Innovation and Development of Andalusia (IDEA) and framed within the meeting that meets every semester brings together experts from the main regions of Aviation, Space and Dual Use Technologies of Europe. Specifically, this meeting was held in Aerópolis with the aim of consolidating the participation of the IDEA Agency in this Sectoral Group and enhancing the international character of the event on Dual Technologies "Synergies between European Defense Funds and for Research and Innovation in Use Technologies Dual ", organized those days in Seville.

During their visit to our facilities, the members of this European working group got to know some of the main R&D projects that CATEC is currently developing, with special attention to those related to the aerospace and defense areas. Also, they were presented with the capabilities and services that the center offers for collaboration with other entities and companies.

The Enterprise Europe Network is the world's largest network of support for competitiveness and business innovation, with a special focus on technology and business cooperation, as well as on the participation of companies in European projects and programs such as Horizon 2020. They are part of she has about 600 entities from more than 60 countries. The Network is led in Andalusia by the IDEA Agency, and the Andalusian Knowledge Agency, the Confederation of Andalusian Businessmen and the Andalusian Council of Chambers also participate.


October 30th 2018
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