This agreement represents a revolutionary milestone in the promotion of sustainable air mobility in urban terrain

The aeronautical company Pegasus Aero Group, CATEC, the Advanced Center for Aerospace Technologies and the leading company in the development and management of vertiports Bluenest by Globalvia, have signed a framework collaboration agreement coinciding with the celebration of UNVEX, the largest European meeting of professionals of unmanned aircraft, to create a Center dedicated to the validation and testing of drones in advanced and urban air mobility.

In this Center, which will be located in Aerópolis, projects will mainly be developed for testing unmanned platforms, installations and services in vertiports and flight tests with drones in urban areas and complements other initiatives that are being developed in Seville in relation to UAS. and advanced air mobility.

The Center will have cutting-edge facilities, such as a reserved area of ​​the Seilaf heliport, a subsidiary of Grupo Pegasus, where CATEC researchers will be able to carry out flight tests, avionics checks, payloads, maintenance operations and training of drone pilots, among other uses. In addition, Bluenest will have a team of expert infrastructure and IT engineers who will develop an advanced vertiport operational solution for large autonomous drones and electric passenger aircraft in collaboration with other entities with common initiatives. For its part, Pegasus Aero Group will contribute its more than 50 years of experience as an operator of manned aircraft and, in the immediate future, also unmanned aircraft for the development of procedures and support in the management of permits with the competent authority.

In this sense, the main focus will be the validation of infrastructure and drones designed specifically for urban air mobility. These advances can be used for a variety of applications, such as package delivery, traffic surveillance, air taxis, and infrastructure inspection, among other services. These technologies are expected to not only improve the efficiency of urban services, but also contribute to reducing congestion and carbon emissions.

Additionally, these three entities will work to incorporate knowledge agents and universities into the project.

The General Director of CATEC, Joaquín Rodríguez, has highlighted that “this collaboration represents a leap forward in Andalusia’s capacity for the validation of UAS technologies and urban air mobility, with the help of three entities that have a recognized track record in the field. sector, and who are betting on the development of this new type of mobility, thus adding new initiatives to continue promoting the business fabric.”

For his part, the General Director of Bluenest by Globalvia, José Ignacio Rodríguez, added “we consider this strategic alliance to be very relevant with companies with which we already collaborate on various initiatives and projects in Andalusia and other regions. By joining efforts with natural and strategic partners in urban air mobility we multiply the results and reach.”

Finally, the Innovation Director of Pegasus Aero Group, José Luis Quiros, highlighted that “the complementarity of the three partners, each one providing very relevant capabilities in their area of ​​knowledge, can only lead to faster and more solid progress towards achievement of the objectives and contribute to the positioning of Seville as a reference in the field of urban mobility.” The agreement has been signed by the Director of Innovation of Pegasus Aero Group, Jose Luis Quirós, the General Director of CATEC, Joaquín Rodríguez, and by the General Director of Bluenest by Globalvia, José Ignacio Rodríguez.