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


New Milestone in the development of unmanned aerial vehicles thanks to the first night flight of an Andalusian UAV

Theses are the first tests to validate this kind of UAVs flights which will be applied after in activities carried out inside the European PLANET Project at Parque de Doñana

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New Milestone in the development of unmanned aerial vehicles thanks to the first night flight of an Andalusian UAV
New milestone in the Andalusian aeronautics thanks to the development of new unmanned aerial vehicles technologies after successfully finish the first fully automatic night flight of an Andalusian UAV.    This initiative, carried out last June, is part of the flight validation process and preliminary tests inside the PLANET project, belonging to the EC VII Framework Project in which CATEC participates
Particularly, they are the first tests to validate this kind of UAV’s flights in the right conditions to be applied after in the Singular Scientific and Technological Infrastructure at the Parque Nacional de Doñana, destined to monitoring and collecting fauna and flora data for the environment conservation, protection and surveillance.    
This flight was promoted by Elimco which is producing the Viwer (UAV used in this test) and CATEC, owner entity of the model. Some representatives from the Regional Ministry of Environment and the Andalusian Water Agency, who witnessed first-hand the great performance and the good flight of the aircraft, attended the test.
The PLANET project involve the development of new systems to use efficiently UAVs integrated with wireless ground sensors for the monitoring and help to take decisions about the environment conservation. The project has a budget around 7 millions euro, from what 4,9 millions are funded by the European Commission. Besides its application in environment conservation, this project has a second scenario of application on airports automation. In this sense, more experiments are expected to be carried out at the ATLAS Experimental Flight Centre in Jaén, promoted by FADA-CATEC.

July 29th 2011
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