Initiative

Within the framework of this policy, the Galician government has launched the Civil UAVs Initiative for the use of unmanned aerial vehicles for civil purposes and to help improve the provision of public services.

Xunta de Galicia is really committed to develop a European reference pole on aeronautics in Galicia, implemented around Rozas Aerodrome (Castro de Rei, Lugo) and the future INTA-Xunta Investigation Centre (CIAR), which will have an investment of up to 55M€ until 2020.

CONTEXT

Galicia is a region located in northwest Spain and has a total area close to 30,000 km2. It has one of the longest coastlines in the country, with almost 1,500 km, and a very diverse orography. This geographical situation makes it a part of the trans-European networks, essentially of the Western Europe's seaway. Its 2.7M inhabitants are highly dispersed. These features turn it into an excellent testing ground for new technological solutions within the unmanned aerial vehicles sphere.

FIRST STEPS

Aimed to foster the aeronautical research and technology pole, the Galician government and the National Institute for Aerospace Technology (INTA) have agreed on an investment of 10M€ to adapt Rozas Aerodrome´s infrastructures. With this investment, Rozas Aerodrome will be ready to host the INTA-Xunta Research Centre (CIAR) so as to turn it into athe testing centre for aircraft development and the assessment of missions to be carried out with them.

Subsequently, Xunta de Galicia launched an international pre-commercial public procurement process of up to 25M€ to identify one or several technological industrial partners, specialised in unmanned aerial vehicles, to activate and develop the technological pole. Finally, the regional administration has envisaged launching a public procurement of innovation in 2016 (up to 20M€) to improve the provision of certain own services by means of UAVs.

TECHNOLOGICAL CHALLENGES

Unmanned aerial vehicles are susceptible to offer solutions to optimise certain public services that the administration provides, so the Galician government will act as a launching and validating centre of new technological solutions based on UAVs.
The public services that could be improved through innovative solutions based on UAVs can be grouped as follows:

LOCATION

The aeronautical pole will have the INTA-Xunta Investigation Mixed Centre (CIAR) at its core, with its headquarters at Rozas Aerodrome, dependent on the Ministry of Defence through the National Institute for Aerospace Technology. It is situated in the municipality of Castro de Rei, within the province of Lugo. It is a specially appropriate enclave due to its special features, i.e., the scarce air traffic or low population density around it.

Aerodrome Map

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