"Best Drone-Based Solutions" Special Innovative Prize

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16.02.2017 10:00 Age: 40 days

"Best Drone-Based Solutions" Special Innovative Prize

By: Lavanya Sreeranganathan

THE SPANISH TEAM FORMED BY FADA-CATEC, AIRBUS AND THE UNIVERSITY OF SEVILLE RECEIVES THE SPECIAL INNOVATIVE PRIZE IN THE CATEGORY “BEST DRONE-BASED SOLUTIONS” FOR APPLYING THE USE OF DRONES IN AERONAUTICAL PLANTS

The Spanish team has won the Special Innovative Prize in the category “Best Drone-based Solution”, one of the three categories of the "EU Drone Awards" competition, convened for the first time this year in Brussels.

This award recognizes the work of the members of the consortium, at the forefront of European and international drones and aerial robotics field, in the use of unmanned robots or systems for the development of multiple applications in the industrial sector.

The FADA-CATEC, Airbus and the University of Seville team has been the only Spanish one in passing the qualifying stages and opted for the awards, having been selected from more than 50 teams and companies from more than 14 European countries.

The application presented proposes to use drones for tool localization tasks and small logistics parts with the aim of reducing time in manufacturing processes, especially inside the assembly plants of aerostructures.

Seville, February 9 2017.- A team formed by the Center for Advanced Aerospace Technologies (FADA-CATEC), Airbus and the University of Seville has been awarded the Special Innovative Prize in the category “Best Drone-based Solution”" for its proposal for the use of drones in some tasks in manufacturing and assembly aerospace plants. This international competition, unique in Europe, is part of the 5th edition of the European Young Innovators Forum (EYIF) which took place in Brussels, Belgium. The initiative aims to promote new developments and projects of entrepreneurship based on applications with autonomous and unmanned systems, popularly known as drones. It also aims to promote the best European players in the new economy based on this type of technology. The awards were presented at a ceremony held at the European Parliament on Tuesday 24 January. The team formed by FADA-CATEC, Airbus and the University of Seville has been the only Spanish team competing for the awards, and was selected from more than 50 teams and companies from 14 European countries.

This award recognizes the work of the members of the consortium, at the forefront of European and international drones and aerial robotics field, in the use of unmanned robots or systems for the development of multiple applications in the industrial sector.

The application presented has been developed under the European project EUROC (European Robotic Challenges) and selected as one of the 5 best in Europe. It proposes to use drones for tool localization tasks and small logistics parts with the aim of reducing time in manufacturing processes, especially inside the assembly plants of aerostructures. This type of aerial robots can contribute to the implementation of automation processes in factories, providing important capabilities such as flexibility, rapid response capacity and availability to operate or develop a task at any time, which will ultimately improve the productive process and generate a significant benefit for companies. The application developed by FADA-CATEC, Airbus and University of Seville solves the precise positioning in interior spaces and the localization system oriented to the autonomous navigation of drones in real scenarios to enable the cooperation with human workers.

About FADA-CATEC

CATEC is an advanced technology center that contributes to the improving the

competitiveness of aerospace companies in the aerospace sector, through scientific research, technology transfer and advanced services. It is also supported by the Andalusian Foundation for Aerospace Development (FADA), and it is a unique private center in Spain for its wide technological capabilities and highly skilled workforce of more than 65 specialists and technicians, most of them with University degrees.

CATEC has become one of the most active technology centers in national and

European R&D projects, standing out specifically in fields like Unmanned Aero

Systems (UAS/RPAS). It counts on a team of over 20 engineers and technicians

working in this area, and has participated or participates in over 30 projects related to UAS, including various European programs like the VII Programme Framework and Horizon 2020 Programmes of the European Commission and the SESAR initiative.

CATEC currently works in more than 60 R&D projects, both with public research

organizations and with private companies, leading several initiatives under the

mentioned VII Framework Programme and H2020 of the European Commission.

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Celia Ruiz / Jesús Herrera

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