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


CATEC achieves another important project for the space sector and will manufacture new components for the JUICE scientific mission

Our Center and the CiTD company, along with Airbus and the European Space Agency, will develop new structural fittings in 3D printing for the spacecraft, which will be launched into space in 2022

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CATEC and the Spanish engineering company CiTD confirm their commitment to the space sector and will develop along with Airbus and the European Space Agency (ESA) a new generation of structural fittings manufactured using additive manufacturing technology (3D printing), for the new space science mission JUICE. This mission, led by ESA, aims to develop a space probe that aims to study Jupiter and its satellites: Ganymede, Europa and Callisto.

Within the objective of optimizing the structure of the ship led by the main contractor Airbus Defence & Space and ESA, a campaign to reduce the weight of the mission has been defined, which supports the integration of structural components developed in additive manufacturing. This is where the team integrated by CITD and CATEC will play a fundamental role, thanks to the bet on the application of additive manufacturing to overcome this great challenge to Jupiter. Both entities will be responsible for developing new structural fittings that, thanks to this new technology, allow to lighten their mass by 50% compared to their equivalents developed by conventional technologies.

"We are applying a revolutionary design methodology to achieve structural components with better performance compared to those developed with conventional manufacturing technologies, increasing their margin of safety, and with a weight reduction that goes between 40 and 80%, which will reduce the weight of the mission in approximately 10 kilograms ", explained Marta Garcia-Cossio, Managerof the Aerospace division of CITD.

For his part, the Head of Materials & Processes Department at CATEC’s, Fernando Lasagni, says that it is "to manufacture about 13 components in a high strength aluminum alloy. For this we have to develop a very detailed manufacturing plan, including from the control and verification of the raw material to the inspection methods of the components, in this case based on computed tomography". The consortium is completed by other institutions such as the Basque technology center CTA, responsible for the tests both at the material and component level.

The CiTD and CATEC team is composed of Alejandro Stewart, Lidia Hernandez and Marta Garcia-Cosío (CITD), and Sergio Gonzalez, Fernando Lasagni, Antonio Periñan, Carlos Galleguillos, Javier Santaolaya, Alvaro Herrera and Laura Berrocal (CATEC). The JUICE mission will be launched into space in an Ariane 5 launcher in 2022 and will reach Jupiter in 2030, where it will spend at least three years making detailed observations.

February 1st 2019
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