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

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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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