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


We grow in R&D, we reach our goals

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Hélice, the Andalusian Aerospace Cluster presented the annual balance sheet within our region few weeks ago, where the positive evolution of our industry in the last few years has been shown one more year, notably within the service enterprises. This report reveals a new high for our aerospace service network in important aspects (sales, employment, productivity) showing that the Andalusian aerospace industry remains in perfect health. But there are an indicative, which CATEC is specially proud of and this is the growth of R&D investment with an increment of 8,2% compared to the year before.

This growth has been possible thanks to the Andalusian service enterprises’ investment effort, which despite the on-going tough economic times, it maintains 2010’s good rate, reaching an average of 8.7 % of sales. This is also due to the intense research activity our Centre is carrying out since its establishment and which is helping to boost its commitment to innovation and knowledge, as key elements to gain competitiveness and added value. Besides, the outlook is very promising thanks to development coming from the new aircraft A350 which involves important and innovative technology.

We are, therefore, on the right way, reaching the goals that we set at CATEC as technological centre supporting and fostering aerospace R&D&I in Andalusia. A fact that is visibly on this bulletin with the achievement of another important milestone: the participation of CATEC in four of the five projects of the ERDF-Innterconecta Programme carrying out in our region within the aerospace sphere.

These initiatives will mean another remarkable investment for the technological development of our aerospace industry, and which is most important, the collaboration among service enterprises and research entities contributing Andalusia to make a qualitative leap towards R&D within the sector.

Juan Pedro Vela

General Director

July 31st 2012
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