Drones: Applications and New Business Models

Postgraduate course. Face-to-face.


UPC School

This postgraduate course can be attended as part of the master's degree Engineering Drones.

A drone is a remotely piloted aircraft carrying the equipment needed to perform tasks commonly referred to as 3D (Dull, Dirty and Dangerous).

Although drones were originally almost exclusively use for military purposes, the technology has matured and costs have fallen, which has led to the creation of reliable solutions for both the aircraft itself, its flight control and navigation, communications, control stations and the various sensors. The maturing of this technology is leading to the development of a wide and varied range of civilian applications, such as monitoring infrastructure, fire prevention, monitoring of livestock farms, as well as film and photographic reports, among others. These are just some of the applications that are currently being developed, but it is easy to imagine that the coming years will see a genuine explosion of drone applications, in the same way as the promising beginnings of the Internet heralded an explosion of applications that eventually far exceeded any of those forecasts.

In the next three years, the market for drones worldwide is expected to exceed 8,000 billion euros, with annual growth rates exceeding 20%. Meanwhile, the EU is already taking steps to facilitate their development, such as harmonising the laws of the various countries to make it is possible to fly drones in controlled airspace and promoting R+D programmes in order to develop the necessary technologies.

This emerging market needs professionals specialising in the design and development of platforms for drones and in the advanced piloting of these devices.

However, the basic challenge is to train people capable of imagining applications for drones, choosing the most suitable platforms for those applications, integrating the equipment necessary for the mission (sensors, cameras, etc.) onto the platforms, developing all the additional components required (hardware and software) for this integration and finally, turning this application into a viable and profitable business.

This training necessarily entails the prior acquisition of a solid knowledge base, covering:

* The types of aircraft used as drones.
* The type of equipment usually carried in the drone system, depending on the type of mission.
* The tools used to plan and manage missions.
* The legislation currently affecting the operation of drones and the foreseeable legislative changes.
* Examples of current real applications.


To provide a solid foundation of knowledge that enables professionals in the field of science and technology to enter the drone area systems and applications business sector, and to design and plan drone missions in detail.

Who is it for

Professionals with a university scientific-technical education, who are interested in the analysis and design of drone missions, and people who already have a drone pilot license, who wish to broaden their studies of the various types of aircraft, their specifications and airworthiness, as well as studying the use of advanced control and remote steering systems to operate them safely, and to be able to cope with emergencies or unexpected situations. The class timetables of the courses will be designed to make the postgraduate course compatible with full-time employment.

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(135 teaching hours)

Start date:
Start date:01/02/2017 End date:30/07/2017
Tuesday  18:00 to 21:30Thursday  18:00 to 21:30
Taught at:
EETAC - Escola d'Enginyeria de Telecomunicació i Aeroespacial de Castelldefels
Campus del Baix Llobregat - Edifici C4. C
Esteve Terradas, 7

Registration fee:
2.500 €

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Registration open until the beginning of the course or until end of vacancies.

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