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


Towards the future of aeronautics

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Spanish and Andalusian aerospace sector goes through a good way towards the future with the optimism and illusion conveyed by the growth and development that our productive network has experienced in the last years, but also with the prudence and caution given by the fact of knowing that we have to continue improving in subjects as important as R&D, increasing our competitivity through costumers and product diversification, or developing new activity areas or business gaps.

For that, I would like to highlight the steps that our aerospace sector has taken in the sphere of Unmanned Aerial System (UAS), one of the most promising and thriving fields in worldwide industry, which presents higher business possibilities, since it sets the future of aviation and aeronautics. To the growing activity being developed by companies, research centres and universities in this area, we must add the commitment made by the industry, public administration and organizations as FADA-CATEC, so our country counts with outstanding facilities, unique in Europe, for flight tests with unmanned technologies and systems.

I am referring to ATLAS Centre in Jaén, promoted by FADA-CATED Foundation, and CEUS project in Huelva, promoted by INTA and IDEA Agency, infrastructures that place us in experimentation and development forefront of these kind of technologies that, beside the impact in aerospace sector growth, allow the generation of new business opportunities with huge companies of worldwide aeronautics industry. Certainly, facilities that must serve as an axis for the development of UAS sector in Andalusia and Spain and take an strategic position in front of other international competitors.

Juan Pedro Vela
General manager

February 26th 2014
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