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


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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