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


The Andalusian Association of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning visits CATEC to know latest developments on Industry 4.0

Managers of the Andalusian Association of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (AFAR) made a tour by our Center and knew some technologies to improve business competitiveness

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Recently, managers of the Andalusian Association of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (AFAR) have visited our Centre to learn about the development and innovation lines on Industry 4.0 that CATEC develops and offers to Andalusian companies to improve their competitiveness, both in the aerospace industry as in other industrial sectors.

The president of FADA-CATEC and general director of the Agency of Innovation and Development of Andalusia (IDEA), Antonio Gonzalez Marin, and the director of CATEC, Joaquin Rodríguez Grau, were in charge of receiving AFAR’s managers, who made a tour by our facilities to learn about innovative technologies and applications such as RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) for the control and management of production, development of inspection methods for quality assurance based on thermography systems and laser shearography , leak detection, or automation of manufacturing processes using new robotic systems.

The AFAR delegation was composed by Jose María Raya, president; Aurelio Garcia, Vice-President; Manuel Servian, manager; and Pedro Galisteo, from the company Infrico; and Antonio Blanco, from Keyter Technologies, who were also accompanied by Manuel Carmona, provincial delegate in Cordoba of the Regional Ministry of Economy and Knowledge; Manuel Perez Requena, manager of the IDEA Agency in Cordoba; Juan Pérez Guerrero, mayor of Lucena and Mª Araceli Berguillos, deputy mayor of the City of Lucena.

April 18th 2017
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