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

Technology

CATEC has an artificial vision system that allows the generation of maps from aerial imagery


This technology enables to create automatically mosaics without checkpoints or human intervention for combining the images


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CATEC has an artificial vision system that allows the generation of maps from aerial imagery
CATEC has the latest technologies available for its application and use in different industrial sectors. Among them, there is an artificial vision system that permits to generate high-definition maps and mosaics from aerial imagery captured by an unmanned aircraft.

It is an innovative system that only requires, in order to run the mapping, the images, and the position and attitude of the aircraft at the time of taking each image. Specifically, this technology uses advanced artificial vision techniques that permit to create automatically mosaics without checkpoints or human intervention for combining the images, which is an important advantage over other similar techniques.

This technology is being increasingly used in many areas, not only in the aerospace one but also in sectors (such as the agriculture, the security, the civil sector, etc.) that require the creation of maps by means of capturing images and aerial photographs. For more information about this technology, please contact the Avionics Area at: avionica@catec.aero.



March 12th 2013
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