11 Nov, 2013 @ 18:17
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Andalucia drone tests branded a success


TESTS on pilotless planes in Jaen have been branded a success and could come into service as early as March next year.

The drones were tested for safety in take off, manouevering and landing at the Air Traffic Laboratory for Advanced Systems (Atlas) in Villacarillo.

The Atlas centre was opened following a €4.2 billion investment by the Junta.

It is hoped it will boost the region’s bid to become a key testing ground for the global aerospace industry.

It is Andalucia’s second testing centre, the first being the National Institute of Technical Aerospace (Nita) at Moguer Airport, Huelva.

Nita is one of just three centres in Europe which can test larger drones, or those that can climb over 20,000 feet.

The other two are in the UK and Sweden.

Claire Wilson

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  1. yet again spain is spending a fortune on shit it doesn’t need and wont use.
    A fortune on testing things that have been tried and tested and used for years in other countries.

    why don’t the news sources ever question the re-testing, the re-trials, and the spending of public money unnecessarily.

    Last month you had a story about making energy from waste water – all new and expensive in spain. done and dusted years ago in many other countries. A lot cheaper too.

  2. DavidM

    I figure that the test are for to obtain autorization for to fly in spanish sky. In this case it would be necessary for the Law. And it can´t be avoided.

  3. well if we are going to guess reasons and give excuses to other people, then i figure it was to show the press what all that money was spent on. Of course the spanish press do not ask questions like “into who’s pocket did the other 99% of the money go”

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