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 DOMUS project consortium performs in our ATLAS Center the first U-space demonstration with drones in Spain

The project involves 17 partners and companies, led by ENAIRE, in order to work for the safe integration of drones with the rest of the air traffic

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The project consortium European DOMUS, in which FADA-CATEC is involved, did perform on July 18 at our ATLAS Center in Villacarrillo, Jaen, the first U-space demonstration with drones in Spain.

This is the first DOMUS consortium U-Space demonstrations in our country, as a preliminary test before the final one that will take place next September and that will serve as an example of a complete integration of drones into the airspace.

The preliminary test was carried out in the presence of the SESAR Joint Undertaking and included tests in multiple scenarios, such as the use of unmanned aircraft for delivery of goods or their use in a fire emergency. In the case of our ATLAS Center, an urban U-space demonstration was carried out collaboration with a Smart City platform, which was also done for the first time in Spain.

The DOMUS project consortium is led by ENAIRE and is part of a European network of U-space demonstrations framed within the SESAR program. In the case of Spain, these demonstrations are taking place in Jaen and Lugo, and have an amount of 4 million euros: half of them funded by the consortium partners and the other half via European funds.

A total of 17 companies are part of DOMUS. In addition to ENAIRE and FADA-CATEC, Alg, Isdefe, Ineco, Correos, CRIDA, Indra, GMV Aerospace & Defence, Everis Aeroespacial y Defensa, Earth Networks, FuVeX, Pildo Labs, SOTICOL Robotics Systems, Vodafone España, SCR and AirMap are also partners of the consortium.

August 26th 2019
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