Technological milestones to keep on growing

A new year ends and it's time to take stock of the work done and technological milestones achieved by FADA-CATEC in 2017, which confirms one more year the good work we have carried out to foster innovation and technological development in the aerospace sector in general.
These results confirm we are one of the most advanced research and technology centers in the sector in Spain and Europe, especially in fields such as robotics, unmanned systems and new advanced manufacturing processes (Factory of the Future, Industry 4.0), in addition to additive manufacturing technology (3D printing). We do not say it, but Administrations and entities with their awards and recognitions have valued this year in a very special way the work and effort that our Center and its researchers, experts and technicians have developed looking for constant technological innovation. A great support to the role that FADA-CATEC plays in the sector, working for R&D to become an indispensable element in our aerospace companies.
We are especially proud of the Innovation Radar Prize 2017, granted by the European Commission, and the Jury Innovation Prize of the "EU Drone Awards", collected in the European Parliament, for our latest developments in the field of unmanned robotic systems, which are already a global milestone. Also of the awards of the Andalusian Aerospace Cluster, HELICE, the Academy of Social Sciences and the Environment of Andalusia, or the "Antonio Torres" Prize of the IV National Congress of R&D in Defence and Security , which serve as an incentive to keep on working for innovation and strengthening the competitiveness of our aerospace sector.
There are many other important initiatives and technological projects that we have carried out last year, among which I would like to highlight the participation in international robotics competition MBZIRC, in which the team formed by CATEC achieved important results among the best and most prestigious universities and research centers around the world; or the organization of UNVEX ECO-AGRO, the first congress in Spain devoted specifically to the drone sector and its applications in agriculture and the environment, and which is now a national reference. No less relevant was the collaboration on technological milestones as the first drone flight identified, geolocated and controlled through the mobile network, using Vodafone's 4G network and carried out in Seville.
In short, it has been a year to be satisfied with the successes achieved and to reaffirm our trajectory in these ten years of life of FADA-CATEC, but also to make us see that only with good work will we be able to achieve the challenges of the aerospace sector, helping our companies and the industry to reach them. For a 2018 full of new projects, Happy New Year!
Joaquín Rodríguez Grau
Director of CATEC


Encouraging entrepreneurship and the development of new initiatives in the aerospace industry

CATEC participated last May 18th in a conference in the Andalusian Center for entrepreneurship, where they unveiled the new European project STEPHANIE, in the framework of the official announcement of Interreg Europe

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CATEC continues forward with its commitment to promoting entrepreneurship and activities aimed at entrepreneurs interested in the aerospace industry. On May 18, CATEC participated in an entrepreneurs' day at the Andalusian Center for entrepreneurship (Seville), where the European project STEPHANIE (Space TEchnology with PHotonics for market and societal challenges) was presented, an initiative that is framed in the Interreg Europe notice and involving our team.

This official European announcement promotes the exchange of experiences and knowledge of regional governments and stakeholders with the aim of improving regional development policies in strategic sectors such as the aerospace industry.

In the case of the STEPHANIE project, it brings together 8 members from 7 countries to share knowledge in order to ensure that European aerospace policy promotes R&D in the field of earth and space observation, and to develop products that have strong market potential and are able of addressing socio-environmental problems in Europe.

The project has five years of implementation (2017-2019), in which it aims to foster collaboration between different regions located in Italy, France, Czech Republic, Germany, United Kingdom, Belgium and Spain, in order to address the lack of cooperation between government agencies, companies, research teams and citizens, and the lack of accessible funding for innovation actors.

June 14th 2017
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