Why pursue a Master in RPAS
The creation, design and implementation of this Master is not only a product of the general and increasing demand for qualified staff to work in the field of RPAS, but it is also a response to some local necessities arisen in the region. That is, the National Institute of Aerospace Technology (INTA), together with the Agency of Innovation and Development of Andalusia (IDEA) and the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (MINECO), supported by FEDER funds of the European Union, are erecting in Huelva the Centre of Excellence of Unmanned Air Systems (CEUS) for medium and large scale RPAS. This Centre is meant to be one of the most advanced in its category in the world and a referent at European level, presenting a high potential in the fields of training, research, and business opportunities with administrations and companies. CEUS will be integrated in the aeronautical sector, which is a booming sector in western Andalusia (it is already a reference on an international level), and this fact will create an urgent need for professionals specialized in the field of RPAS, need that will be satisfied by our Master.
Moreover, CEUS is to be the best field of experimentation, research, standardization, certification and qualification of RPAS in actual environments, providing the Master with unique field-work facilities on an international level.
The RPAS are spreading their range of application, offering services and performances which were thought to be impossible until now: suborbital satellite systems, long distance radiocommunication systems, infrastructures inspection, atmospheric research, topography, risks and natural disasters management, detection and assistance at fires, environmental control, wild life research, location of shoals, monitoring of electric power transport networks, accurate farming, security and defence, etc. It is also remarkable that the RPAS are becoming essential tools regarding leisure, entertainment and culture: historic monuments exploration, movies filming, sport photography, hunt monitoring, etc.
Besides all the above mentioned, the RPAS are fomenting the development of some supplementary technologies, not necessarily related to the aeronautical field, and they are becoming basic for their development: communications, propulsion, energy, sensors, telemetry, etc. A very clear example is that of fuel cells, whose development and application to RPAS are increasing the expectations of high flight autonomy.