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

Services

The Centre opens a new technical advisor service to enterprises to make new flights with UAV


With this service, CATEC offers the possibility of assessment for preparing the required documentation to accomplish the requirements of the new law of the State Air Security Agency (AESA)


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The Centre opens a new technical advisor service to enterprises to make new flights with UAV
CATEC with more than six years of experience in the development of unmanned air systems (UAS/RPAS) and operation of this kind of aircraft, has launched a new service for those enterprises interested in the document processing of the paperwork required by the State Air Security Agency (AESA) to make flights with UAS in Spain according to the new regulation approved by the Ministry of development.

These are the offered services:
• Portfolio documentation preparation with all the needed information to fulfil the previous requirements of the operation which include:
-Aircraft characterization
-Aeronautical safety study of the operation or operations
-Technical management of the permissions for the execution of testing flights before the operation and certifying documentation of its completion.
-Operation manual and maintenance programme preparation for any kind of aircraft(fixed wing, rotary wing, multirotor)
-Technical assistance in the execution of testing flights to require to show that operations can be done in a safety way.
-Advising in insurance’s obtaining or in the preparation and management of any kind of additional information.

CATEC has specialized personal and wide experience in preparing permissions with AESA, having prepared for example permissions for flight UNVEX 2012 y 2014 and for the ATLAS Test Flight Center. In the same way it participated last year with this entity in the workshops of the Spanish Community of RPAS where the new regulation about UAS in Spain has been given shape.

For further information about the technical advisor service of RPAS: http://www.catec.aero/content/asesor-t-cnica-rpas.htm.


October 23rd 2014
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