Andalusia looks at Space

The trajectory and experience of the Andalusian aeronautical industry is known, in general, by our society, especially after the great growth that has been experienced in the last two decades thanks to the development and participation in large aeronautical projects and programs in the heat of Airbus, and that have allowed us to diversify towards other clients and global markets and towards activities and businesses with more added value, with less tradition in our region.

That knowledge and know-how, that experience, technological capacity and competitiveness that our industry has acquired over time must now be transferred to those areas that have great potential for the future, and that, in some cases, are considered sister sectors, as is the case with Space. In FADA-CATEC we have always been clear, and if Andalusia, and Spain, in general, want to look with ambition towards the future, it should enhance its presence in the space sector, one of the most valuable and technologically charged within industrial and economic activity, and also has always been a tractor or engine for important innovations in other productive sectors.

From our Center we have been working on the ground for many years to encourage the R&D of our companies to move towards this field, and thanks to the collaboration in various projects with the industry, we have already achieved that some of the new technologies that will mark the nearest future, such as additive manufacturing or 3D printing, whether applied in the Space sector, both in launchers and in satellites.

The recent edition of the World Space Week has served to emphasize the possibility that Andalusia has to bet on this industry, and to create a space to position itself as a strong region in technological capacity and competitiveness within this sector. Likewise, it has allowed us to verify that there is a great receptivity on the part of the aeronautical and technological companies for participating in the space sector, and also a strong interest of the administrations and institutions so that this presence is a reality as soon as possible and is translated into productive activity and generation of wealth and employment for our economy. Next year 2019 Seville will be the European capital of Space, an event that will undoubtedly bring new opportunities for business, investment and technological collaboration in this field, and that we should not let go. The challenge is there, now it's time to work together to achieve it.

Joaquín Rodríguez Grau
Director of CATEC

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CATEC hosted a conference from the STEPHANIE project to identify factors of interregional cooperation and promote innovation in the space sector


The session included the participation of entities like the University of Seville, the Technological Corporation of Andalusia, the Regional Government of Andalusia and companies like AERTEC Solutions, INGEMONT, TTI and Celestia


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CATEC hosted a conference from the STEPHANIE project to identify factors of interregional cooperation and promote innovation in the space sector
Last January, CATEC facilities hosted a work conference framed within the European project STEPHANIE, where different companies, research centers, and representatives from the Andalusian government attended with aiming to analyze and identify the key factors in interregional cooperation in Andalusia to increase innovation in sectors like space.

The session, organized by our own company, CATEC, started with a presentation on the advances of the STEPHANIE (Space TEchnology with PHotonics for market and societal challenges) project. The project is also a member of the Interreg Europe call, in which CATEC participates. This project’s objectives are to encourage more R+D in observing Earth and space in order to boost the use of space applications linked to photonics and Earth observation, with strong potential in the market and growing capacity to deal with socio-environmental problems in Europe.

The conference included a working session with leaders of different businesses, entities and key organizations in the system of Andalusian innovation and knowledge, like the University of Seville, the Technological Corporation of Andalusia, the Regional Government of Andalusia and companies like AERTEC Solutions, INGEMONT, TTI and Celestia, among others.

In this session they identified good practices to contribute to the promotion of interregional cooperation in funding/financing and the growth of aerospace innovation, how to prioritize and apply them, thus supplementing STEPHANIE’s work. In this sense, the conference served to reinforce good practices and identify possible upgrades, resulting in interregional collaboration. These practices will join to the others thet members of the STEPHANIE project analysed in their second partners meeting, celebrated in Liege, Belgium.


March 1st 2018
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