Good forecasts

For the year ended 2018 we are proud of having developed a good job and having achieved new milestones for the Andalusian aerospace and technology sector, but more importantly, it starts a new one, 2019, with the feeling that we have a very promising future ahead. Not only for our center, but for all those who participate in the aeronautical industry and the innovation environment and technological development linked to this sector, which boosts the economy in our community.

In our specific case, new horizons are opened with the participation in new European projects such as SAFEDRONE, DOMUS, RIB-AM or RIMA, all of them linked with the development and application of new technologies of unmanned systems (drones) for their integration in airspace or implementation of new advanced manufacturing systems (such as 3D printing) for the aerospace industry. Also with the organization of important events like the hosting of the II International Tournament on Emergency Service Robots of the European Robots League (ERL), which will take place in our facilities in Seville next February.

We must highlight another unprecedented milestone in Andalusia, such as the Presidency of Seville of the Community of Ariane cities for 2019, an event in which FADA-CATEC collaborates and which will mean that the city of Seville becomes the ideal showcase to demonstrate the potential of our sector and the focus of attracting investment and business opportunities to boost our companies and technology activities in the field of space, through the environment offered by the so-called New Space. This event will have a program full of activities that will also serve for the scientific dissemination of what the Space sector represents and the applications that the whole society enjoys today thanks to the development in this field.

We have, therefore, an exciting year ahead, full of good forecasts and new challenges and illusions for both the Andalusian and Spanish aerospace sector. Let us take advantage of this to continue working among all of us - industry, administrations, technological agents and social agents - to keep on growing and positioning it as one of the most relevant in the European and international environment.

Joaquín Rodríguez Grau
Director of CATEC


A delegation of the European Commission visits Seville to evaluate the progress of the AEROARMS project

The Commission valued very positively the progress made in this phase of the initiative, in which the reliability of drones was validated when offering data for the creation of maps using sensors and their ability to avoid obstacles

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A delegation of experts from the European Commission visited Seville last September to evaluate the progress of the AEROARMS project, an initiative led by the University of Seville and FADA-CATEC that studies the application of the use of drones for the maintenance of industrial facilities.

This time it was the second evaluation of the project, which was approved by the commission, which assessed very positively the advances experienced so far. During the visit of the experts, the high reliability of the project drones was verified when offering reliable data on the creation of maps using sensors and the precision when measuring pipe thicknesses. In addition, the ability to interact without problems with other robots and the skill to avoid obstacles was demonstrated.

The development of this project has allowed the design of an unmanned system (drone) that allows precise movements and includes a new contact device, which makes it possible to uncouple and dampen external disturbances that may suffer during the work that is being done in the air . This technology will help the inspection operations in industrial plants and infrastructures to see and collect data from the air, determine the wall thickness of a pipe or the existence of cracks difficult to appreciate visually. All this, minimizing human time and risks when working at height.

AEROARMS is one of the largest European drone projects and has a budget of 5.7 million euros. It involves ten partners from five countries: Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland and Spain. The project belongs to the European research program Horizon 2020 and will end in May 2019.

October 30th 2018
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