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

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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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