Good forecasts

For the year ended 2018 we are proud of having developed a good job and having achieved new milestones for the Andalusian aerospace and technology sector, but more importantly, it starts a new one, 2019, with the feeling that we have a very promising future ahead. Not only for our center, but for all those who participate in the aeronautical industry and the innovation environment and technological development linked to this sector, which boosts the economy in our community.

In our specific case, new horizons are opened with the participation in new European projects such as SAFEDRONE, DOMUS, RIB-AM or RIMA, all of them linked with the development and application of new technologies of unmanned systems (drones) for their integration in airspace or implementation of new advanced manufacturing systems (such as 3D printing) for the aerospace industry. Also with the organization of important events like the hosting of the II International Tournament on Emergency Service Robots of the European Robots League (ERL), which will take place in our facilities in Seville next February.

We must highlight another unprecedented milestone in Andalusia, such as the Presidency of Seville of the Community of Ariane cities for 2019, an event in which FADA-CATEC collaborates and which will mean that the city of Seville becomes the ideal showcase to demonstrate the potential of our sector and the focus of attracting investment and business opportunities to boost our companies and technology activities in the field of space, through the environment offered by the so-called New Space. This event will have a program full of activities that will also serve for the scientific dissemination of what the Space sector represents and the applications that the whole society enjoys today thanks to the development in this field.

We have, therefore, an exciting year ahead, full of good forecasts and new challenges and illusions for both the Andalusian and Spanish aerospace sector. Let us take advantage of this to continue working among all of us - industry, administrations, technological agents and social agents - to keep on growing and positioning it as one of the most relevant in the European and international environment.

Joaquín Rodríguez Grau
Director of CATEC


Institutions and companies of the aerospace sector meet in Seville to advance a strategy to boost the space industry

Our Center participated in this initiative led by the IDEA Agency and that is part of the Presidency of Seville of the Community of Ariane Cities in 2019

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Our Center participated on December 20 in a working meeting at the Airbus facilities in Tablada (Seville) in which different institutions and companies of regional and national scope brought together in order to promote a strategy to boost the Space industry in Andalusia. In this meeting, representatives of TEDAE, the HELICE Cluster, Andalucía Aerospace, the Ministry of Defence, some universities, Airbus, the City Council of Seville and the Junta de Andalucía participated, through the IDEA Agency, the Ministry of Employment, Business and Trade, which is in charge of the Technical Secretariat of the Andalusian Industrial Strategy and is responsible and leads this process.

As a result of this first working meeting, the base for the constitution of the Commission for the Space Industry in Andalusia was set up, at the beginning of 2019, within the framework of the Presidency of Seville of the Community of Ariane cities. Likewise, a roadmap and a program of events aimed at industry have been established, which will culminate at the end of the year, on the eve of the Interministerial Commission of the European Space Agency, with an international event on Space Technologies for Dual-Use, civil and Defence.

Andalusia, which is committed to the development of industry and innovation as a vector of territorial transformation through the Andalusian Industrial Strategy EIA2020, has recognized the space environment as an opportunity field of advanced industry on which to bet to generate activity and employment.

Therefore, it has launched this alliance between institutions, companies, knowledge and administration entities, in order to strengthen and link the players of the space industry in Andalusia; know their capabilities, connect regionally, nationally and internationally and establish a roadmap to position our region to take advantage of the opportunities in the European space strategy, and those actions arising from the European Defence Strategy, in collaboration with the Ministry of Defence, Science, Innovation and Universities, and Agriculture, and the European Space Agency (ESA) can be implemented in Andalusia.

February 1st 2019
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