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


Fernando Lasagni is awarded with the prestigious Georg-Sachs-Preis international prize, by the German Society of Materials

Our Head of the Materials and Processes Division and its team have been recognized for their work in the application of additive manufacturing technology (3D printing) to new uses in the aerospace field

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Fernando Lasagni, Head of the Materials and Processes Division of CATEC, has been awarded the prestigious Georg-Sachs-Preis international prize, by the German Society of Material (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Materialkunde) in order to recognize the work and scientific projection of those researchers, ideas and technologies related to the science and engineering of the materials that have managed to be implemented in the industry and that constitute a reference for their novelty.

Dr. Fernando Lasagni and his team have been recognized for their work in the field of the application of additive manufacturing technology, popularly known as 3D printing, to new uses in the aeronautical and aerospace field, such as the manufacturing of parts for space launchers, and for different and civil and military aircraft and next-generation helicopters.

According to the German scientific society, "Lasagni’s team has participated in the development and manufacture of critical flight components, that is, structures of maximum responsibility with the highest quality requirements, which also reduce the launch and manufacturing costs, and delivery times". Another reason for the award has been the development of procedures and non-destructive tests for the qualification and quality analysis of aerospace components by computerized tomography, procedures that have been validated by the European Space Agency (ESA).

Likewise, the work carried out by Lasagni and his team have been highlighted as referents in the R&D of aerospace components by 3D printing, and qualified to fly. These activities have been possible thanks to the collaboration with companies such as Airbus Defence & Space, CITD, TRYO Aerospace, Iberespacio, Zero 2 Infinity, Renishaw, Airgrup, or Alestis Aerospace, among others.

The Georg-Sachs-Preis will be awarded during a ceremony to be held in the German city of Darmstadt next September, on the occasion of the "Materials Science and Engineering" (MSE) Conference, which will bring together more than 1,500 scientists and experts from around the world in the field of Engineering and Materials Science. The work and research carried out by Lasagni and his team will also be presented at this conference.

July 10th 2018
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