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

Projects

DOMUS: the road to the integration of unmanned aerial systems operations in the U-space


CATEC participates along with 16 other companies and entities in this European project, which will hold a large demonstration with drones and manned aviation in our ATLAS Centre next summer


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CATEC is participating in the new European project called DOMUS, an initiative led by the Spanish air navigation company ENAIRE that intends to carry out in Spain and Andalusia one of the most advanced demonstrations of operation of the so-called U-space, the European drone traffic management system, which will be responsible for integrating them with the operations of manned aircraft and access to airspace.

The project, which will invest 4 million euros, two of them through European funds, has a consortium of 17 companies, which also include Alg, Isdefe, Ineco, Correos, CRIDA, Indra, GMV Aerospace & Defense , Everis Aerospace and Defense, Earth Networks, FuVeX, Pildo Labs, SOTICOL Robotics Systems, Vodafone Spain and the German Airmap. In addition, it counts on the support of the General Directorate of Civil Aviation (DGAC) and the Spanish Aviation Safety Agency (AESA).

DOMUS is one of the six projects selected by the European public-private alliance SESAR Joint Undertaking to develop in-flight demonstrations of short-term services of the U-space system, according to the federated model of service provision under the coordination of a central administrator, ENAIRE. These demonstrations will provide an automated management of VLL-type (Very Low Level) flights in a large number of unmanned aircraft.

The work of DOMUS will finish with a demonstration next summer to be held in our ATLAS Experimental Flight Centre located in Villacarrillo, Jaen. During this demonstration some exercises with drones and manned aviation will be


April 25th 2019
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