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 extends its technological applications RPAS/UAS for the aerospace industry with a new system designed specifically for missions

The use of this Mission Master offers important advantages in applications of remote sensing, cartography and security, among others

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CATEC extends its technological applications RPAS/UAS for the aerospace industry with a new system designed specifically for missions
Within their new technologies in the field of aircraft and unmanned systems (RPAS/UAS), CATEC has developed a "Mission Master" that lets easily tailor the configuration of an UAV to the specific needs of each specific application. This device allows to integrate very fast a wide variety of board sensors (cameras, thermal imaging, multispectral, LIDAR, etc.) and decouple the aerial platform of the systems needed to perform a mission.

In addition, the use of the "Mission Master" allows the components of the mission can be reused easily in different aerial platforms (UAV) and there is also the possibility to update part of the mission system without affecting the critical components of the aircraft.

The main features of this technology are the following:

• Processing Capacity: x86 CPU Intel Atom with two cores.
• Reduced Size: 62x78x142mm.
• Light Weight: 420 g.
• Box and robust connectors (including extended temperature range).
• High-capacity connectivity: four RS232/422, four USB two GbE ports and a slot MPCI.
• Hardware compatible with Windows, Linux, VxWorks and QNX.
• Large storage capacity (standard version with solid state hard drive 120 GB).
• Easy register a large volume of data from one or several board sensors and synchronized with the telemetry of the aircraft.
• Communications Library that transmits to the ground control station a channel digital video with synchronized telemetry.

For more information on this technology, you can contact the department of Avionics and UInmanned Systems at

December 31st 2014
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