Strengthening bonds of collaboration

In CATEC we have always had a clear idea that technological innovation and development are fundamental to make the aerospace industry more advanced and competitive by offering products of the highest quality that contribute true added value to the aeronautic and space market. For this to be possible, it is essential to promote collaboration and cooperation between businesses (as OEMs as SMEs), technological centers, and general research companies in order to strengthen synergies and knowledge transfers. Without these synergies and transfers, everything would be harder to achieve by ourselves.

A perfect scenario for this are the fairs or technological events of reference in the sector, like Málaga´s Foro Transfiere or the World Mobile Congress. In these events the leading technology companies from Spain, Europe, and the world meet to present their new and innovative technologies. Besides, these events also allows experts to exchange ideas and experiences, take advantage of business opportunities, and even start collaborating on new R+D projects.

CATEC has had the privilege to participate in both events. We have presented our latest technological novelties in areas as important as additive manufacturing (also known as 3D-printing) and new production methods for aeronautic factories of the future, or new technologies to monitor and control drones through the new 4G telephone networks (in a pioneering initiative with Vodafone).

And we have been able to confirm that Spanish (and Andalusian) R+D is in good health. Our positioning in the aerospace field and in other areas and related industries have solid foundations despite having gone through the last difficult years of the crisis. As we have proved, strengthening bonds of collaboration is a fundamental condition to continue developing new technologies and processes that allow us to improve our activity. Only by collaborating with businesses, research centers and institutions will it be possible to reach the objectives that we create.

Thus, we walk on a good path, but we should not become too complacent and insist in continuing this way. Only through work, commitment and collaboration will we manage to continue with a firm step on the correct path which will position us and our R+D where it deserves to be: at the head of the international level.

Joaquín Rodríguez Grau
Director of CATEC

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CATEC collaborates with Vodafone in developing new mobility technologies by using drones


These applications are being presented through live demonstrations this week at the 2018 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, one of the biggest technology events in the world


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CATEC collaborates with Vodafone in developing new mobility technologies by using drones
Our Center has been collaborating for a long time with Vodafone Spain in the development of new technologies that are implicating in using unmanned aerial systems (drones/UVAs/RPAS), in their new applications in the area of mobility, like the localization and monitoring of operations through the installation of its new mobile telephone technology in these unmanned aircrafts.

These new technologies are being presented through a series of live demonstrations in the 2018 Mobile World Congress (MCW), that is celebrated in Barcelona from February 26 to March 1 and which gives the world's leading technology companies to get to know each other´s latest innovations and pioneering developments in the field of mobility and mobile phones.

CATEC and Vodafone have carried out a demonstration of the RPS (Radio Positioning System) technology through which it has been demonstrated that it is possible to calculate the position of a drone in flight beyond visual line of sight and in real time, solely using Vodafone´s 4G network infrastructure on a cell phone. This technology already has been demonstrated in another prior developed trial at the end of 2017, which was assumedly the first executed flight with these characteristics in Spain and a milestone in terms of using this technology at the international level.

A second exhibition was also carried out where it had shown the use of the mobile telephone network to transmit HD videos and telemetry in real time and to coordinate the flight of a drone from another location. Thus, the attendees at the Vodafone stand at the 2018 MWC were able to command the drone from Barcelona, hundreds of kilometers away from the flight of the drone in Seville.

CATEC’s work on these two applications has been centered on the modification and integration of the launch teams and the development of the software aboard the drone, which allows aerial system integration with the 4G network. This initiative will strengthen the collaboration that both companies came supporting for the development of mobility and air traffic management applications through drones, as well as to liberalize the use of these aircrafts for professional activities. This aspect is taking European institutions years to find the balance between the sector’s development and the necessary air traffic security and control.


April 1st 2018
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