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The potential of Andalusia in the drone industry


January 19th 2022


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The development of the drone industry is unstoppable all over the world. If we look  to the figures that are handled in the Strategic Plan for the Development of the drone civil sector in Spain, in the future the fleet of drones for professional use could exceed 51,400 aircraft in 2035 and reach 53,500 in 2050. But If we consider the data that this same Plan collects in the period between 2018 and 2021, there is no doubt that Andalusia stays at the head of the Spanish regions, only behind Madrid, in terms of the number of operators and pilots of drones.

Of the more than 3,000 operators registered in the drone market, 550 are located in the Andalusian community. Andalusia also has important infrastructure for the experimentation with technologies related to unmanned aerial vehicles. In addition to CATEC, the ATLAS Experimental Flight Center (Villacarrillo, Jaen) and the future Center for Research and Testing of Unmanned Aerial Systems CEUS (Moguer, Huelva) reinforce Andalusia's position in the drone sector at an international level.

Aware of this great potential, FADA-CATEC and the University of Seville are committed to the creation of a UAVs and Air Mobility Innovation Center, led by the drone expert and scientific advisor of our technology center, Dr. Aníbal Ollero. This initiative will have the support of the Andalusian Government and with the collaboration of the Andalucía Aeroespace business cluster, Airbus and the Spanish Air Force.

This new research center will strengthen the Andalusian aeronautical industry in its diversification towards new sectors with high added value, such as drones and urban air mobility.



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