Good forecasts

For the year ended 2018 we are proud of having developed a good job and having achieved new milestones for the Andalusian aerospace and technology sector, but more importantly, it starts a new one, 2019, with the feeling that we have a very promising future ahead. Not only for our center, but for all those who participate in the aeronautical industry and the innovation environment and technological development linked to this sector, which boosts the economy in our community.

In our specific case, new horizons are opened with the participation in new European projects such as SAFEDRONE, DOMUS, RIB-AM or RIMA, all of them linked with the development and application of new technologies of unmanned systems (drones) for their integration in airspace or implementation of new advanced manufacturing systems (such as 3D printing) for the aerospace industry. Also with the organization of important events like the hosting of the II International Tournament on Emergency Service Robots of the European Robots League (ERL), which will take place in our facilities in Seville next February.

We must highlight another unprecedented milestone in Andalusia, such as the Presidency of Seville of the Community of Ariane cities for 2019, an event in which FADA-CATEC collaborates and which will mean that the city of Seville becomes the ideal showcase to demonstrate the potential of our sector and the focus of attracting investment and business opportunities to boost our companies and technology activities in the field of space, through the environment offered by the so-called New Space. This event will have a program full of activities that will also serve for the scientific dissemination of what the Space sector represents and the applications that the whole society enjoys today thanks to the development in this field.

We have, therefore, an exciting year ahead, full of good forecasts and new challenges and illusions for both the Andalusian and Spanish aerospace sector. Let us take advantage of this to continue working among all of us - industry, administrations, technological agents and social agents - to keep on growing and positioning it as one of the most relevant in the European and international environment.

Joaquín Rodríguez Grau
Director of CATEC


CATEC develops a package of applications and control technologies for UAVs, in order to make them available to manufacturers and operators in this sector

This product, called RPAS Suite, consists of various technologies and equipment such as an autopilot, software of ground control station, a manager of payload and gimbal

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CATEC develops a package of applications and control technologies for UAVs, in order to make them available to manufacturers and operators in this sector
The sector of unmanned aircraft and systems (RPAS/UAV) is one of the most anticipated aspects in the future of the aerospace industry, especially in regards to the civilian use of these aircrafts which has been on the rise in the past few years. This situation is generating a series of new demands and requirements on the part of manufacturers and operators of these aircrafts, which has lead CATEC to develop new services on track to satisfy this new booming demand.

Therefore, the division of Avionics and Unmanned Systems of CATEC has configured RPAS Suite, a packet of technologies related to the control systems and applications of UAVs, with the goal of transferring the sector and adapting the technologies to each company, offering specific solutions to each case. These technologies have been validated in R&D projects and have been used successfully for inspection purposes and precision farming using UAVs.

This package consists of various technologies such as an autopilot, the software control station on land (GCS), a transmission payload and a gimbal. All these elements have a high degree of flexibility allowing them to quickly adapt the system to multiple applications and systems.

These technologies are complemented by other services and infrastructures also provided by CATEC in the field of UAVs, like the installations by the Center of Experimental Flights in Jaen, a broad platform of unmanned aircraft (rotary wing and fixed wing) as well as other unique equipment. For additional information, you can contact the area of Avionics at

June 15th 2015
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