About Us

Welcome to the official web site of Barcelona Drone Center. Check for our history and how we became one of the first civilan drone reference of Europe. Learn more about our facilities and all services you can find here; from Consultancy to Certification Processes and Training Courses in different fields. Do no forget to contact us for further information about any topic.


With more than 20 years of experience, we are one of the first civilian drone company in Europe (The company was founded in year 2000)


We are between the first 10 drone centers in the world. We have a unique and perfect UAS Test Site environment.


In our test sites you can develop, test, evaluate and certify unmanned aerial systems (UAS).


We offer our long experience to all UAS stakeholder to successfully bring their projects to the market, either through our regulatory services (operators documentation, flight approvals) or our R+D and engineering services.


You can join our practical and international courses to keep yourself abreast with this cutting edge drone technology.


We count with segregated airspace, hangar, runway, lab, meeting room, ground control stations, office... all this, in a beautiful solar powered bioclimatic building surrounded by nature.


Customers from more than 100 countries have already trusted us as their one-stop-shop partner to successfully deploy their UAS solutions to the market.


Our aim is to offer the best experience to the client. We work hard to make this happen and we will help you make your idea a reality.

Our Facilities

Bioclimatic Building

The BCN Drone Center is located in Moia, Barcelona at an hour’s drive away from the Barcelona Airport and downtown Barcelona.


The building in completely off-grid and uses solar and wind energy to power itself.


We have a segregated airspace and runway and a fully equipped office  including hangar, lab, meeting room, ground control stations in the bioclimatic building surrounded by nature.






Our History


Jordi Santacana finds his passion for aviation

Jordi Santacana (left), founder and CEO of the company, was very impressed with the radiocontrol plane that his father built that year.



When he grew older, he decided to build himself his first wood model. After this one, he began to equip them with cameras and chemical film that was developed at home.


First aerial photo

This year Jordi designed and built an RC airplane specially made for aerial photograpy. After a few tests some of the photos were good enough to be sold to the owners of some farms and houses, the price of each photo was 100 pts (about 0,60 €)


Turning more ambitious

He thought that he would like to feel the experience of flying inside the aircraft, so he decided to build his own full-size ultralight airplane. This time, he wouldn't be with the feet on the ground, he would be onboard the plane!


It finally flies!

After 3 long years of construction he finished his plane. In order to prove that this years were worth he had to try it. He successfully flew it from Barcelona to Lyon (France) in only one day, and received the Gold Propeller Award for that.



After this unique experience, he built a ground control center, developed an autopilot, experimented with FPV glasses... and created his first autonomous UAV.


UAV Company

After seeing the potential of this technology, he decided to establish the first European civilian drone company, and one of the firsts movers in the world. CATUAV designed, manufactured and operated fixed-wing drones for a big number of applications types. The company began to grow.



During the first years, the company was fully dedicated in the development of proprietary UAS technology. This included the development of multiple electric fixed-wings, a long endurance UAS (8h endurance), communications Systems, ground control station software and hardware, avionics (including and autopilot) and payload Integration. This first stage of the company allowed the team to gain all the experience related to the UAS technology, know-how that has been keep up to date until nowadays thanks to our participation in multiple state-of-the-art R+D projects since then.


UAS Aerial Services

After six years of intensive development, the UAS Technology is deployed to provide aerial services in a wide range of applications. CATUAV pioneers several applications, such as UAS mapping (first maps produced in 2008), precision agriculture (using multispectral and thermal cameras in UAS since 2008) or emergency applications (earthquake area mapped in less than 24h in 2011). This phase of the company allowed the team to get the know-how about UAS applications, how to legally deploy them and having a successful UAS service model.


Drone Boom

The drone industry was getting more popular, with tens of companies created every day, hundreds of pilot licences issued every week and a new and more restrictive UAS legislation in the horizon. The CATUAV team foresaw the need to have a UAS Test Site with all the facilities needed to safely test all type of civil UAS.


BCN Drone Center fully operative!

CATUAV purchased a strategic property, obtained a segregated airspace from aviation authorities and constructed a bioclimatic building. The BCN Drone Center became a reality!
CATUAV changes its activity, from being a UAS aerial services provider to a UAS consultancy firm, with the aim of sharing its wide experience to help any UAS stakeholder to successfully deploy any applications or technology to the market.
The UAS services are sold under two trademarks: CATUAV for R+D and Engineering projects, and BCN Drone Center for testing and training services.


First Expansion

After 3 years of commercial use the test site proved to be a success. Hundreds of costumers from multiple countries already came to the test site to develop and test their systems or get trained. A new expansion is inaugurated to have enough room in the test site to all the activities surrounding it.


Regulatory Consultancy

New UAS legislation is released in Spain allowing for more complex operations. European legislation is also in the horizon with the aim to standardize the EU regulatory framework. That’s why we start offering UAS regulatory services, in order to help any company in getting flight authorisations or complying with regulatory requirements.


Certification Processes

First EASA legislation enters into force, setting for the first time requirements for UAS certification. BCN Drone Center starts therefore the deployment of evaluation and certification processes services, to help any manufacturer to comply with the requirements of the Open, Specific or Certified Categories.


We keep on going

BCN Drone Center offers one-stop shop services to deploy to market any UAS project or idea, from its conception to its final commercial implementation. This includes feasibility & viability studies, R+D projects, tech + regulatory + market consultancy, operational authorisations processing, training and the full testing + evaluation + certification pipeline.

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