EHang and CATEC report successful completion of ICEX’s BAUD project in Spain

EHang reports successful completion of the BAUD project in Spain in collaboration with the Advanced Center for Aerospace Technologies (CATEC). Framed under the Invest in Spain program of ICEX Trade and Investment, and sponsored by the Spanish Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism, the BAUD project aims at enhancing the operational safety and efficiency of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) for aerial logistic missions, as well as enabling their integration in U-Space.

According to the press release, after one year of intense industrial research, EHang and CATEC achieved the project objectives through the development of an autonomous airborne beacon, which provides more precise and comprehensive UAS positioning by using Global Navigation Satellite Systems, EGNOS (European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service) and Galileo, along with providing the UAS status, remote e-ID (electronic identification) and other tactical information with U-Space systems.

The flight test campaign of the BAUD project was conducted at CATEC’s Air Traffic Laboratory for Advanced Unmanned Systems (ATLAS) test flight center, using two EHang Falcon B (Logistics) autonomous aerial vehicles. The developed autonomous airborne beacon can not only be applied by EHang AAVs, but also by any UAS, and will enable the safe operation of UAS in European airspace, through their intelligent integration with U-Space systems.

Victoria Xiang, COO of EHang Europe and Latin America, said: “We are delighted to announce the successful completion of the BAUD project, achieving all of its goals and objectives. EHang welcomes public-private partnership opportunities for research, development, and investment in the UAS field in Spain. This has encouraged EHang to execute several innovation projects, share EHang’s world-leading technology and extensive international experience on Urban Air Mobility, and strengthen our wide technological collaboration network in Europe”.

CATEC is a technological center oriented to the aeronautical sector with more than eleven years of experience in the development of technologies for Unmanned Aerial Systems, or UAS, including new technologies that allow the integration of autonomous aerial vehicles in the airspace and high precision navigation systems. CATEC also has a strong presence in working groups related to the new European drone regulation.

ICEX Trade and Investment is a publicly owned business-oriented entity of the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism’s Secretary of State for Commerce, which works worldwide with the objective of promoting the internationalization of Spanish companies in order to improve their competitiveness and to add value to the Spanish economy as a whole, as well as boosting foreign investment in Spain.

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