Growing abroad

There is no doubt that CATEC has become one of the most advanced technological centres in Spain and a reference in R&D in Europe, especially in areas such as drones and unmanned systems, robotics and industry 4.0, additive manufacturing (3D printing) or non-destructive inspection, which are already marking the present and future of the aerospace industry and other important productive sectors. And not because we say it, but the results that we have achieved throughout our 11 years of history and professional trajectory talk by themselves.

We announced some days ago a new milestone in the history of FADA-CATEC, and especially in our internationalization and growth process towards foreign markets. This is no other than the first project in the field of technological developments in 3D printing outside the European continent, thanks to the collaboration with the company INVAP Argentina, which means our leap crossing the ocean to Latin America, precisely in an area of great value such as components and parts manufacturing for satellites and launchers for the space sector.

In a year in which precisely the city of Seville is assuming and leading the presidency of the Community of Ariane Cities (CVA), and Andalusia is boosting its growth in the aeronautical sector reached in the last decade, we are convinced that this new CATEC project will contribute to show the high technological and industrial capacity that our industry has and to continue encouraging our companies to keep on on this good path, betting on R&D and high added value activities.

The latest figures for the year 2017 are again clear and consolidate Andalusia as a region that has not stopped growing in turnover, employment and exports in the aerospace sector, and that already faces the future with new challenges and illusions. The new strategic plan of the sector must be a key element in all this, and the base for the Andalusian aerospace sector to continue growing abroad, with the support of all the agents involved and with the R&D and the promotion of innovation as main allies. Only this way will strengthen our position as a of the fastest growing industries in the European and international level, and with better prospects for the coming years.

Joaquín Rodríguez Grau
Director of CATEC

Services

ATLAS Center: state-of-the-art facilities unique in Europe for the development of experimental flights with aircraft and unmanned aerial systems


The center offers companies, research centers and institutions in the sector the best conditions to develop their testing and validation and certification flights with UAS


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ATLAS Center: state-of-the-art facilities unique in Europe for the development of experimental flights with aircraft and unmanned aerial systems
The Flight Test Center ATLAS has been increasing its activity in recent months by performing different flights with aircraft and unmanned systems (UAS/RPAS) by different companies, research projects and other entities related to aerospace sector. This center offers the international aerospace community the first permanent technological-scientific facility to safely perform tests, simulations and validation of technologies to be applied to UAVs, involving Air Traffic Management (ATM).

ATLAS provides infrastructure for UAS platforms and on board systems testing, as well as the services needed to design customers testing, integrate systems in UAS platforms of the center or third-party platforms, operate UAS during the tests, and collect and interpret data, providing a value information to the customer. For this, it counts with the best facilities available, as its main runway of 600 meters and an auxiliary runway of 400 meters, a building with air traffic control tower with radar to monitor air operations, and two hangars dedicated to parking and maintenance of aircraft.

Its advantages also highlights a segregated airspace over 1,000 km2, and a climate with over 300 days of sunshine per year, making it a unique place in Europe for conducting flight tests with UAS/RPAS. It also provides additional services and technical and human resources, as ability to hire UAS, aeronautical radio, meteorological station, management and coordination of flight operations, document management and flight permissions, etc.

To learn more about the services of ATLAS Center, you can contact via e-mail in info@atlascenter.aero.
ATLAS Center: state-of-the-art facilities unique in Europe for the development of experimental flights with aircraft and unmanned aerial systems


March 23rd 2015
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