With steady pace to Le Bourget

We are practically in the half-way point of the year fulfilling with a firm step the strategic line that marks the course of our team, that is none other than to continue driving the R&D in the aerospace sector, for its real application in the industry, and to help our business to increase its technological competitiveness that is so important in a global market, like aviation is. In these months we have started new projects of national and international state-of-the-art, we have worked with companies to move forward in the improvement of its technological innovation, we have participated in conferences and meetings with companies and organizations in the sector and we have even supported administrations to help diagnose and define strategic plans for the development of the aerospace industry and the economy for the next few years.

With this good work, and backed by our trajectory in the last decade, FADA-CATEC is attended Paris Air Show Le Bourget, the largest aerospace world meeting in which big companies, contractors and agents involved in the development of new technologies in this field meet together in just a few days. And we have participated in the Andalusian official delegation that travelled to the neighbouring country in order to bring value to the evolution and growth of our industry, but also to project the great potential for the future.

As we have been doing in recent years, we went to Le Bourget with the aim of presenting our latest technologies, services and advances in R&D for the sector, to strengthen our ties with the companies and assisting organizations (partners or potentials), as well as to detect and analyze opportunities for technological collaboration that they can capture in new projects for our team, but also involving the participation of Andalusian and Spanish companies.

The work and cooperation between research institutes and companies continues to be fundamental in order to contribute greater added value to our products and services, and that is why we must not neglect to take advantage of this type of events in order to reinforce our position as a point of reference in the international aerospace outlook, and, above all, continue to be the driving force.

Joaquín Rodríguez Grau
Manager of CATEC


The ATLAS Center hosts a conference of flights with UAS for its use in fire-fighting operations and transportation of medicines

The conference, which was attended by the former Regional Minister of Employment, Enterprise and Trade, José Sánchez Maldonado, is framed within the REAL European project, which seeks to facilitate the integration of the drones in the airspace

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The ATLAS Experimental Flight Center, located in the town of Villacarrillo (Jaén), is recently hosted a conference of tests with unmanned aircraft (UAS/RPAS/drones) in which, through various flight pioneers, has been tested such as facilitating the use of UAS operations of fire-fighting and the transportation of medicines.

These flights have been framed within the REAL European project, an initiative in which FADA-CATEC participates and seeks to facilitate the integration of drones in airspace and in low-altitude actions that present great exploitation potential. The objective of this project is to promote the use of the new EGNOS satellite communications system and new technologies in order to contribute to the integration of drones into airspace and their use in operations such as fire-fighting or the transportation of urgent medicines.

The meeting was attended by the former Regional Minister of Employment, Enterprise and Trade of the Junta de Andalucía, José Sánchez Maldonado; and other authorities like the Chancellor of the University of Jaen, Juan Gómez Ortega; the deputy of Employment of the Provincial Council de Jaén, Manuel Hueso; and the Mayor of Villacarrillo, Francisco Miralles; accompanied by the director of FADA, Joaquín Rodríguez Grau, and the director of the ATLAS Center, Anastasio Sánchez.

Also, various managers of companies and entities interested in understanding the technologies related to the sector of the unmanned aircraft and their applications in different areas and operations, and more specifically in the included in the European project, attended the event.

The REAL project (RPAS EGNOS Assisted Landings) consists of a consortium composed of CATEC, Pildo Consulting (Spain), Sharper Shape (Finland) and EuroUSC (Italy). It is funded by the European GNSS Agency (GSA) within the H2020 program.

Currently, the project is validating the technologies developed through their application in different scenarios. In the specific case of fire extinctions, a wide variety of aircrafts (both helicopters and airplanes) are used, and in the critical operations phase, the use of an aircraft is required to coordinate and maintain the safety of air operations in the areas of influence, managing traffic properly. The objective of the operations carried out at ATLAS has been to validate the navigation and surveillance requirements necessary to include a drone in these tasks.

June 26th 2017
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