The expansion in the use of UAS of a specific category in missions of great benefit to society will be a reality thanks to the ambitious project developed by the consortium U-SQUAR
In a context dominated by operations in the open category that limits the use of unmanned vehicles to very limited missions and with a limited scope and general benefit, other operations with great added value are relegated to the background due to their greater degree of complexity and risk. This causes the number of missions of this profile to be lower than the first ones, slowing down the beneficial use of unmanned vehicles for missions with high added value and greater operational complexity.
In this challenging context, the consortium is born U-SQUAR, whose objective is to undertake advanced research in the field of unmanned systems, in order to effectively comply with the requirements of European regulations on UAS.
The goal of this consortium is provide the platform with technologies focused on operations under the highest standards of efficiency and safety enabling the safe use of unmanned vehicles in advanced operations such as firefighting, maritime rescue, coastal surveillance, etc.
The project raises the definition and development of a complete system that can operate in operational scenarios of medium risk SAIL III and IV following SORA methodology and in Effective compliance with the requirements of the European regulations on UAS in order to provide the platform with technologies focused on operations under the highest standards of efficiency and safety.
The project U-SQUAR has been recognized for its strong strategic, technological and innovative nature, which is why it has become part of the PAeronautical Technological program (PTA) of the Ministry of Science and Innovation. In turn, this program is part of the Strategic Project for the Aerospace Economic Recovery and Transformation (PERTE), approved by the Interministerial Commission last March 2022 and which plans to mobilize around 4.533 million euros between 2021 and 2025 to strengthen capabilities of the aviation industry. U-SCUAR stands out for its contribution to unmanned aerial vehicle technologies, meeting the necessary requirements to enter the program.
The consortium of companies with a high technological base that will work in the U-SCUAR project will be led by the company Wake Engineering to which are added important strategic partners such as UAV Navigation, Pildo Consulting, AureaAvionics or Aeromedia UAV. It should also be noted that the consortium will have a strong involvement of collaborations with Research Organizations such as AICIA, UPM or CATEC. With this consortium of national firms, the technological muscle of the Spanish industry in terms of unmanned aerial vehicles is revealed, as well as its ability to collaborate and generate synergies that allow top-level projects to be undertaken.
This project has been subsidized by the CDTI, co-financed with European funds from the Recovery and Resilience Mechanism and supported by the Ministry of Science and Innovation.