Technological milestones to keep on growing

A new year ends and it's time to take stock of the work done and technological milestones achieved by FADA-CATEC in 2017, which confirms one more year the good work we have carried out to foster innovation and technological development in the aerospace sector in general.
 
These results confirm we are one of the most advanced research and technology centers in the sector in Spain and Europe, especially in fields such as robotics, unmanned systems and new advanced manufacturing processes (Factory of the Future, Industry 4.0), in addition to additive manufacturing technology (3D printing). We do not say it, but Administrations and entities with their awards and recognitions have valued this year in a very special way the work and effort that our Center and its researchers, experts and technicians have developed looking for constant technological innovation. A great support to the role that FADA-CATEC plays in the sector, working for R&D to become an indispensable element in our aerospace companies.
 
We are especially proud of the Innovation Radar Prize 2017, granted by the European Commission, and the Jury Innovation Prize of the "EU Drone Awards", collected in the European Parliament, for our latest developments in the field of unmanned robotic systems, which are already a global milestone. Also of the awards of the Andalusian Aerospace Cluster, HELICE, the Academy of Social Sciences and the Environment of Andalusia, or the "Antonio Torres" Prize of the IV National Congress of R&D in Defence and Security , which serve as an incentive to keep on working for innovation and strengthening the competitiveness of our aerospace sector.
 
There are many other important initiatives and technological projects that we have carried out last year, among which I would like to highlight the participation in international robotics competition MBZIRC, in which the team formed by CATEC achieved important results among the best and most prestigious universities and research centers around the world; or the organization of UNVEX ECO-AGRO, the first congress in Spain devoted specifically to the drone sector and its applications in agriculture and the environment, and which is now a national reference. No less relevant was the collaboration on technological milestones as the first drone flight identified, geolocated and controlled through the mobile network, using Vodafone's 4G network and carried out in Seville.
 
In short, it has been a year to be satisfied with the successes achieved and to reaffirm our trajectory in these ten years of life of FADA-CATEC, but also to make us see that only with good work will we be able to achieve the challenges of the aerospace sector, helping our companies and the industry to reach them. For a 2018 full of new projects, Happy New Year!
 
Joaquín Rodríguez Grau
Director of CATEC

Projects

CATEC collaborates with the company ONTECH for the development of new solutions for pavement inspections at airports


The initiative is part of the APIA project, which leads the Andalusian engineering GHENOVA and seeks to improve the detection of defects in runways and aerial landings


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Our team is collaborating with the Andalusian company ONTECH for the development of new solutions for pavement inspections. This initiative is part of the APIA (Automatic Pavement Index Assessment) project, which aims to develop a new inspection system to improve the detection of defects in the runways and take-off of airports, reducing costs and inspection time while increasing the quality of records.

To achieve this, CATEC is using the latest non-destructive techniques in an infrared thermography (IRT) assisted inspection system, a high level programming language and image processing technique, using the ATLAS Experimental Flight Center facilities.

The APIA project is led by the Spanish engineering company Ghenova and also integrated by the company MC2 and the CITIC technology center. APIA is a project co-financed by Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI) within the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)-Innterconecta 2015.
CATEC collaborates with the company ONTECH for the development of new solutions for pavement inspections at airports


June 14th 2017
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