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 launches RPAS SUITE, a catalogue of technologies for UAVs for manufacturers and operators in the sector

The aim is to transfer these technologies and make them available to the firms in this sector

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CATEC launches RPAS SUITE, a catalogue of technologies for UAVs for manufacturers and operators in the sector
The area of Avionics and Unmanned Systems CATEC, offers to the manufacturers and operators of aircraft and unmanned systems (RPAS / UAV) the new catalogue RPAS Suite, a package of technologies and related control systems and services UAV's applications, developed by the Center. The aim is to transfer these technologies which can be adapted to each company or client, offering specific solutions to all required needs.

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

These technologies are complemented by other services and infrastructures also provided by CATEC for the development of activities of its customers, including an indoor sandbox (test bed) for UAV, facilities ATLAS Flight Test Center in Jaen, a broad platform of different aircrafts and unmanned systems (rotary wing and fixed wing) as well as other unique equipments.

You can get more information about RPAS Suite through the area of Avionics CATEC in email

July 4th 2014
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