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 “Mission Master” system developed by CATEC to carry out specific missions with UAV

This device can integrate a wide variety of board sensors and decouple the aerial platform of the systems needed to perform a concrete mission

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New “Mission Master” system developed by CATEC to carry out specific missions with UAV
CATEC continues to expand its technological applications in the area of Avionics and Systems and has improved the performance of its new "Mission Master", which makes it easy to adapt the configuration of a UAV to the specific needs of each particular application.

The use of this Mission Master offers significant advantages in applications of remote sensing, cartography and security, among others. Specifically, it can quickly integrate a wide variety of board sensors (cameras, thermal imaging, LIDAR, etc.) and decouple the aerial platform systems needed to perform the mission. In addition, the use of "Mission Master" allows components can be reused easily in different aerial platforms, and can be updated part of the system without affecting critical components of the aircraft.

Some of its features are its high processing power and storage, small size and light weight, the compatibility of hardware (Windows, Linux, VxWorks, QNX), high capacity connectivity, and easy data recording from on board sensors and synchronized with telemetry of the aircraft.

To learn more about this technology and its advantages, you can contact or visit the Avionics and Unmanned Systems area at

February 16th 2016
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