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 won the prestigious 2017 Innovation Radar Prize, an initiative promoted by the European Commission, for its pioneering technology with drones for industrial inspections by contact


Our center has been awarded as the most innovative company in ICT in a competition in which 48 of the best EU-funded innovations developed by companies, research centers, start-ups or university spin-offs, have participated


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CATEC won the prestigious 2017 Innovation Radar Prize, an initiative promoted by the European Commission, for its pioneering technology with drones for industrial inspections by contact
CATEC has won the prestigious 2017 Innovation Radar Prize, an initiative promoted by the European Commission through the Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content & Technology (DG CONNECT), with the aim of promoting innovations from all over Europe that present a high potential for its later application in the market.
 
CATEC has achieved this recognition thanks to the development of a new pioneering worldwide technology that allows the use of aerial robots and small unmanned aircraft, popularly known as drones, that will be used to perform industrial inspections (such as ultrasonic) that require contact. This technology, called AEROX, was imposed in the final phase of the competition, in which the final decision of the jury composed of various experts decided to award the global prize to CATEC for "its advanced drone system for air contact".
 
The result and the award ceremony took place dutring the event "ICT Proposers Day", held in Budapest (Hungary) and in which seven other European innovations framed in different categories were recognized. Miguel Angel Trujillo, head of the AEROX’s team, and Anibal Ollero, CATEC’s scientific advisor, and main researcher of AEROARMS, were in charge of collecting the prize in Budapest.

CATEC won the prestigious 2017 Innovation Radar Prize, an initiative promoted by the European Commission, for its pioneering technology with drones for industrial inspections by contact
With this award, CATEC is consolidated as a European technological leader in the development of technologies and applications with drones to be used in different industrial sectors. Specifically, the new drone created by CATEC is able of performing inspections that require contact, for example, with ultrasonic sensors, which represents a great step further for the use of this type of aerial robots in different tasks, that not only allows to "see" from air, but also to "touch and feel". The initiative is part of the European project AEROARMS, in which the University of Seville also participates.
 
CATEC technology has focused on solving real industrial problems and has been advised by leading international companies in industrial inspection, in order to create a technology with a high level of maturity and that attracts the interest of the industry. "Achieving the Innovation Radar Prize is a great opportunity for us to increase the knowledge of this technology and to awaken the interest of the industry to exploit it," adds Antidio Viguria, head of the Avionics and Systems Division of CATEC.
 
Demonstrative video of AEROX:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQdMlfK8VjY


December 29th 2017
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