Atlas experimental flight centre for unmanned aerial vehicles will be working at full capacity at the end of 2013

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24.07.2013 10:00 Age: 1 yrs

Atlas experimental flight centre for unmanned aerial vehicles will be working at full capacity at the end of 2013

By: Nadine Sablotny

The initiative holds the first centre in Spain exclusively devoted to test light unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and will provide the first permanent technological-scientific facility for the aerospace community to safely perform tests, simulations and validation of technologies to be applied in this kind of aircrafts.

Seville, July 24, 2013. The ATLAS Experimental Flight Centre, first facilities in Spain exclusively devoted to test unmanned aerial systems (UAS) will be working at full capacity by the end of the year. The initiative, boosted by the Centre for Advanced Aerospace Technologies (CATEC), has started building works last month which have a time-frame for construction of 8 months.  

This is about a strategic project for the Andalusian aerospace industry, since it will be put at the cutting edge of one of the world’s most promising subsectors and which also represents one of the focus for research and development of new military and civil technologies at an international level. At the same time, the project will encourage the industrial activity on UAVs which is increasingly being developed within the region by several companies.

ATLAS (Air Traffic Laboratory for Advanced unmanned Systems) will offer to the international aerospace community the first permanent technological-scientific facility to safely perform tests, simulations and validation of technologies to be applied to UAVs, involving Air Traffic Management (ATM). Aimed at companies developing UAVs, manufacturers and operators, official organisms and universities, tech and research centres, ATLAS provides innovative facilities and segregated airspace, ideally suited to R&D with this kind of aircrafts, considered to be key vehicles for the aerospace future in the field of security and defence as well as in the new civil and commerce applications, so rapidly expanding.

The centre will play an important role when validating new technologies to be applied to civil operations such as the management of natural disasters, fires and environmental accidents, ground and sea traffic surveillance, communications, meteorology, environment protection, support to agriculture and forest applications, air photography, cinematography, cartography and defence, security and civil protection applications.  

For full press release see pdf below.

For further information please contact:

Marta Mojarro
+00 34 954 62 27 27 / 00 34 639 84 74 99