Andalusia looks at Space

The trajectory and experience of the Andalusian aeronautical industry is known, in general, by our society, especially after the great growth that has been experienced in the last two decades thanks to the development and participation in large aeronautical projects and programs in the heat of Airbus, and that have allowed us to diversify towards other clients and global markets and towards activities and businesses with more added value, with less tradition in our region.

That knowledge and know-how, that experience, technological capacity and competitiveness that our industry has acquired over time must now be transferred to those areas that have great potential for the future, and that, in some cases, are considered sister sectors, as is the case with Space. In FADA-CATEC we have always been clear, and if Andalusia, and Spain, in general, want to look with ambition towards the future, it should enhance its presence in the space sector, one of the most valuable and technologically charged within industrial and economic activity, and also has always been a tractor or engine for important innovations in other productive sectors.

From our Center we have been working on the ground for many years to encourage the R&D of our companies to move towards this field, and thanks to the collaboration in various projects with the industry, we have already achieved that some of the new technologies that will mark the nearest future, such as additive manufacturing or 3D printing, whether applied in the Space sector, both in launchers and in satellites.

The recent edition of the World Space Week has served to emphasize the possibility that Andalusia has to bet on this industry, and to create a space to position itself as a strong region in technological capacity and competitiveness within this sector. Likewise, it has allowed us to verify that there is a great receptivity on the part of the aeronautical and technological companies for participating in the space sector, and also a strong interest of the administrations and institutions so that this presence is a reality as soon as possible and is translated into productive activity and generation of wealth and employment for our economy. Next year 2019 Seville will be the European capital of Space, an event that will undoubtedly bring new opportunities for business, investment and technological collaboration in this field, and that we should not let go. The challenge is there, now it's time to work together to achieve it.

Joaquín Rodríguez Grau
Director of CATEC

Projects

CATEC collaborates in the European project STEPHANIE for the promotion of the use of space applications and their implementation in the market


The initiative is part of the Interreg Europe call in which 8 partners from 7 countries participate: Italy, France, Czech Republic, Germany, United Kingdom, Belgium and Spain


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Promote R&D in the field of observation of land and space, in order to promote the development of products that have a strong market potential and with capacity to address socio-environmental problems in Europe. This is the goal of the new STEPHANIE project (Space TEchnology with Photonics for market and societal challenges), a new initiative in which the Center for Advanced Aerospace Technologies (FADA-CATEC) participates and which is part of the Interreg Europe call.

STEPHANIE brings together 8 partners from 7 areas to exchange knowledge on how to ensure that policy is designed to guarantee real benefits from space technology based on photonics, particularly in space and earth observation.

Space technologies based on photonics are considered as one of Europe’s areas of key industrial competence. They have huge potential to address a number of today’s grand societal challenges, in particular health and wellbeing, climate action and secure societies.

STEPHANIE has an execution period of five years (2017-2021), in which it aims to encourage collaboration between different regions located in Italy, France, the Czech Republic, Germany, the United Kingdom, Belgium and Spain. The ultimate goal is to address the lack of cooperation between government agencies, companies, research centers and society, and the lack of accessible funding for actors linked to the field of innovation in the space sector. It also aims to raise awareness about the opportunities for entrepreneurship and professional specialization offered by the space sector in the labour market.


October 9th 2017
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