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


More than one hundred professionals, researchers and students of the aerospace field gather at the Seminar SINASA 2017

Our Centre sponsored one more year this conference that has become one of the points of reference in the aviation area and aerial navigation systems in Spain

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More than one hundred professionals, researchers and students of the aerospace field gather at the Seminar SINASA 2017
The Higher Technical School of Engineering of the University of Seville hosted for the twelfth consecutive year the National Seminar of Avionics and Air Navigation Systems (SINASA), which during three days brought together more than 100 professionals, researchers and students of the aerospace sector. The event, which was held from April 19th to the 21st in the Higher Technical School of Engineering of the University of Seville (ETSI), counted again with the sponsorship and support of CATEC, given the great interest that this conference awakens every year, both amongst students of different degrees of engineering, as well as amongst teachers, researchers and entrepreneurs of the sector, which has allowed it to become one of the national conferences organized with greater prestige within the aerospace sector.

The opening ceremony was chaired by the Director of Foreign Affairs of the ETSI, Mª Ángeles Martín Prats (M.A.), and featured the presence of Francisco Sanchez Secure, Director of Manufacturing Engineering and Industrial Innovation of Airbus Defence & Space; and Joaquín Rodríguez Grau, director of FADA-CATEC. The opening ceremony also featured a lecture by George Schmidt, Fellow Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Distinguished Lecturer of AESS and Lecturer in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

As in previous editions, the seminar was developed in order to integrate the knowledge and practical experiences of large companies in the industry, the research teams, public management and universities in the field of avionics and air navigation. In addition, this year students, engineers and professors with their master's degree in air systems piloted remotely provided by the University of Seville, the University of Huelva and INTA, and in collaboration with FADA-CATEC. Also, during the seminar there were oral presentations and posters of the work carried out by students who have excelled in the subjects of avionics and navigation systems, and there was a technology visit to the Center of Experimentation of the National Institute of Aerospace Technology of the Arenosillo in Huelva.

June 14th 2017
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