Come fly with me: Why Catalonia is really seeing drones take off


Catalan drone maker CATUAV's MINEOS UAV, initially developed for landmine detection in Bosnia, flying over the BCN Drone Center at Moià. While on the consumer side, first-person-view drone racing is growing in popularity, manufacturing the devices themselves remains a serious business. The market for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) worldwide expected to exceed 8bn ( 9bn) over the next three years, with annual growth rates above 20 percent. The US and China may lead in the manufacture of these aircraft but Spain's Catalan industry has managed to carve out a niche in the international market. According to Droneii, a German market research company specializing in professional drones, five models manufactured by the Catalan company CATUAV, based in Moià, 60km from Barcelona, are among the top 10 in the world in various categories.

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