Good forecasts

For the year ended 2018 we are proud of having developed a good job and having achieved new milestones for the Andalusian aerospace and technology sector, but more importantly, it starts a new one, 2019, with the feeling that we have a very promising future ahead. Not only for our center, but for all those who participate in the aeronautical industry and the innovation environment and technological development linked to this sector, which boosts the economy in our community.

In our specific case, new horizons are opened with the participation in new European projects such as SAFEDRONE, DOMUS, RIB-AM or RIMA, all of them linked with the development and application of new technologies of unmanned systems (drones) for their integration in airspace or implementation of new advanced manufacturing systems (such as 3D printing) for the aerospace industry. Also with the organization of important events like the hosting of the II International Tournament on Emergency Service Robots of the European Robots League (ERL), which will take place in our facilities in Seville next February.

We must highlight another unprecedented milestone in Andalusia, such as the Presidency of Seville of the Community of Ariane cities for 2019, an event in which FADA-CATEC collaborates and which will mean that the city of Seville becomes the ideal showcase to demonstrate the potential of our sector and the focus of attracting investment and business opportunities to boost our companies and technology activities in the field of space, through the environment offered by the so-called New Space. This event will have a program full of activities that will also serve for the scientific dissemination of what the Space sector represents and the applications that the whole society enjoys today thanks to the development in this field.

We have, therefore, an exciting year ahead, full of good forecasts and new challenges and illusions for both the Andalusian and Spanish aerospace sector. Let us take advantage of this to continue working among all of us - industry, administrations, technological agents and social agents - to keep on growing and positioning it as one of the most relevant in the European and international environment.

Joaquín Rodríguez Grau
Director of CATEC

News

CATEC participates in a new operational group that will investigate precision agriculture with drones in the Andalusian olive grove


The project is led by ASAJA Jaen, and will be developed over two years and includes drones flight through farms in Jaen, Cordoba, Granada, Almeria and Malaga to analyze the ground and determine different parameters


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CATEC is participating in the "R&D project on precision agriculture in the olive grove using Unmanned Aerial Systems" Operative Group, a new initiative that integrates one of the most ambitious and innovative operational groups in Andalusia in which the application of RPAS to precision agriculture will be studied and, more specifically, to the cultivation of olives. It is a project led by ASAJA-Jaen that aims to make farms more efficient and respectful of the environment while improving the profitability of farmers and strengthen the links between research and the rural world.

In this two-year project, included in the Andalusian Rural Development Plan 2014-2020, the University of Jaen and the Caja Rural Foundation with its Olivarum laboratory also participate as members. Likewise, the Agricultural and Fisheries Research and Training Institute (IFAPA) and the ASAJA associations of Granada, Almeria, Malaga and Cordoba collaborate, too.

The initiative is based on drones flights through olive farms in Jaen, Cordoba, Granada, Almeria and Malaga in order to analyze the ground and the olive, and determine parameters such as humidity, olive ripening status or pests, among many others. CATEC will be responsible for carrying out these flights, designing the UAS system for the flights and, advised by ASAJA, develop the necessary applications to define the sensors that will be used and the data that should be analyzed in the flights. Once the flight campaign is finished, the data processing will be carried out to obtain useful information about the state of the crop.

The project was presented at the headquarters of ASAJA-Jaen with representatives of all participating entities, and was attended by the provincial delegate of Agriculture, Juan Balbin.



July 10th 2018
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