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


Modelling scenarios or how to check the application of new systems and products in safe virtual environments

CATEC’s Simulation and Software Area is working on the design of simulated scenarios for their application in R&D projects depending on the clients needs

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Modelling scenarios or how to check the application of new systems and products in safe virtual environments
CATEC’s Simulation and Software Area is working on the development of new technologies, such as the modelling of scenarios for their later application in R&D projects. This activity is linked to the development of some sort of software for products or systems that need to be tested in virtual environments. It involves the 3D design of the specific scenario or ground, where the testing will take place, that permits the interaction with real systems.

The aim of this technology is to verify that the software or application developed within an investigation that will be used afterwards in the industry is tested before in a safe virtual environment. Thus, it does not involve any risk for the participants of the project (e.g. an unmanned aircraft or any other device) and it permits to detect or correct its faults before its implementation, as well as to significantly lower the costs.

Different aspects, such as the modelling of the scenario, the simulated weather conditions involved in the process, the modelling of the participants’ functioning, and the software tested in the virtual environment, take part in this kind of investigations. CATEC models and builds, through this technology, simulated scenarios depending on the needs of the clients or projects.

For further information about this technology or the visits to CATEC’s Simulation and Software Area, please contact us at

January 30th 2013
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