The president of Junta de Andalucía, Susana Díaz, has inaugurated today the Atlas Flight Test Centre, Spain’s first facility exclusively devoted to testing technologies and light Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) or Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) and the Europe’s first centre specifically designed to research and development activities of this kind of technologies.
This centre, located at Villacarrillo (Jaén), will offer the international aerospace community the first permanent technological-scientific facility to safely perform tests, simulations and validation of technologies to be applied to this kind of aircraft and its performance in the airspace.
The president of Junta de Andalucía has pointed out that this is about a strategic project for the Andalusian Aerospace sector, as it will be positioned at the cutting edge of one of the world’s most promising sub-sectors, and which also represents one of the focus for research and development of new military and civil technologies at an international level.
Unique centre to test UAVs
The goal of ATLAS is to offer facilities of excellence for testing activities and technological validations to prime international aerospace companies and entities. In fact, ATLAS has already an agreement of collaboration with Boeing Research & Technology-Europe (BR&T-Europe), the European Boeing Centre dedicated to R&D, so they can use the facility and perform their own flight tests.
ATLAS has been fostered by the Regional Ministry of Economy, Innovation, Sciencie and Employment, trough the Center for Advanced Aerospace Technologies and the Andalusian Foundation for Aerospace Development (FADA), with an investment of 4.5 million euros, cofunded by the Andalusia ERDF Operational Programme 2007-2013.
Thanks to this facility, Junta de Andalucía intends to equip the region with the most advanced proposal for testing UAVs in Europe, as this centre is completed with another facility devoted to testing large unmanned aerial vehicles, named CEUS, which will be located at El Arenosillo premises (in Moguer, Huelva).
Novadrone was present in the ATLAS Centre inauguration, introducing its RPAS Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems and Services.