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 receives the international award Georg-Sach-Preis for his innovative works in the field of additive manufacturing for the aerospace sector

The award ceremony took place at an event held at the annual meeting of the German Materials Society and the Conference "Materials Science and Engineering", in which CATEC participated with several talks and presentations

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The German Society of Materials has delivered to our colleague Fernando Lasagni, director of the Materials and Processes Division of CATEC, the prestigious Georg-Sachs-Preis international award, which each year awards in order to recognize the work and scientific projection of those researchers who are closely related to the practice of materials science and engineering.

Lasagni received this recognition during an event held at the annual meeting of the German Materials Society and the Conference "Materials Science and Engineering" (MSE), which took place from 25 to 29 September in Darmstadt (Germany), and in which More than 1,500 scientists and experts from all over the world gathered in the field of Engineering and Materials Science. During the delivery, Lasagni thanked the scientific society for the awarding of the prize and its entire team of CATEC researchers, who are "the most responsible for materializing and carrying out the work in a timely manner and with the highest quality, in this case for the development of innovative products in the field of additive manufacturing ".

Lasagni and our team from the Materials and Processes Division have been recognized for their work in the application of this technology to new uses in the aeronautical and space field, such as the production of components for space launchers, satellites, scientific missions of the Agency European space and civil and military aircraft. Specifically, for space launchers Ariane 5 and Vega, and for different Airbus aircraft such as the A400M, the C295 or the A320neo and helicopters of the latest generation as the new RACER, also from the Airbus group.

On the occasion of the award ceremony, CATEC was invited to participate in the annual meeting of the German Materials Society and the conference "MSE 2018" with a paper entitled "End-to-End Process Development for Additive Manufactured Space Hardware ", Focused on the development of manufacturing processes of space hardware through additive technology. Likewise, CATEC gave three presentations on some of our most outstanding research and projects in this field within the session "Aerospace and innovative structures manufactured by Additive Manufacturing technology", which was organized precisely by Fernando Lasagni and Professor Christof Leyens, of the Technical University of Dresden and the Fraunhofer Materials Institute (IWS).

October 30th 2018
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