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


UNVEX AGRO ECO, the first professional congress of UAVs in Andalusia

The 1st and only professional event in Spain and Europe dedicated specifically to the application of drones to agricultural and environment sectors was held in Seville and Jaen past October 9-11

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UNVEX AGRO ECO, the first professional congress of UAVs in Andalusia
The main national and international leaders of the unmanned aircraft sector (UAS/ RPAS), known as drones, met from 9 to 11 October at UNVEX ECO-AGRO, the largest drone event in Spain and Latin America that celebrated its first edition dedicated specifically to the application of this type of technology to the sectors of agriculture and the environment. The event, organized by our Center in collaboration with the company IDS and FIBES, took place in Seville and in our ATLAS Experimental Flight Center.

Leading companies in the sector such as Boeing Research & Technology Europe (BR & TE), Babcock, Indra, Airbus D&S Intelligence, Altran, Elecnor-Deimos or AERTEC Solutions, among others, have attended the meeting, together with the main players in the agricultural, agri-food and agricultural sectors. environmental, such as the ASAJA, UPA and COAG organizations and some agricultural cooperatives, as well as representatives of institutions and administrations such as the Spanish Government through the Ministry of Agriculture or the Spanish Aviation Safety and Security Agency (AESA), and the Junta de Andalucia, with the Regional Ministries of Employment, Environment, and Agriculture.

The scheduled program of UNVEX included a lecture series in which renowned speakers addressed the present and future of drones and UAVs. Thus, the benefits of using the latest technologies in agriculture and the environment, on the business development of a sector in full growth and on the legislation applicable to this sector, both current and future, in order to define how it will affect to its development, both in the industrial scope and in that of the final user.

On the other hand, companies showed in an exhibition area in FIBES the latest advances and products in the sector, so that visitors met with platform and sensor manufacturers, software developers, RPAS operators, consulting and insurance companies, universities and research centers, as well as end users of UAVs and their technologies: farmers' associations, public entities, managers of protected natural areas and public officials related to agriculture and environmental management. The event also included workshops and B2B meetings among attendees.

The last day, visitors enjoyed an exclusive exhibition area with live demonstrations on our ATLAS Center in Villacarrillo (Jaen).

November 20th 2017
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