Strengthening bonds of collaboration

In CATEC we have always had a clear idea that technological innovation and development are fundamental to make the aerospace industry more advanced and competitive by offering products of the highest quality that contribute true added value to the aeronautic and space market. For this to be possible, it is essential to promote collaboration and cooperation between businesses (as OEMs as SMEs), technological centers, and general research companies in order to strengthen synergies and knowledge transfers. Without these synergies and transfers, everything would be harder to achieve by ourselves.

A perfect scenario for this are the fairs or technological events of reference in the sector, like Málaga´s Foro Transfiere or the World Mobile Congress. In these events the leading technology companies from Spain, Europe, and the world meet to present their new and innovative technologies. Besides, these events also allows experts to exchange ideas and experiences, take advantage of business opportunities, and even start collaborating on new R+D projects.

CATEC has had the privilege to participate in both events. We have presented our latest technological novelties in areas as important as additive manufacturing (also known as 3D-printing) and new production methods for aeronautic factories of the future, or new technologies to monitor and control drones through the new 4G telephone networks (in a pioneering initiative with Vodafone).

And we have been able to confirm that Spanish (and Andalusian) R+D is in good health. Our positioning in the aerospace field and in other areas and related industries have solid foundations despite having gone through the last difficult years of the crisis. As we have proved, strengthening bonds of collaboration is a fundamental condition to continue developing new technologies and processes that allow us to improve our activity. Only by collaborating with businesses, research centers and institutions will it be possible to reach the objectives that we create.

Thus, we walk on a good path, but we should not become too complacent and insist in continuing this way. Only through work, commitment and collaboration will we manage to continue with a firm step on the correct path which will position us and our R+D where it deserves to be: at the head of the international level.

Joaquín Rodríguez Grau
Director of CATEC

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Our Center collaborates with Vodafone in the development of a system to control the flight of drones through the 4G mobile network


CATEC participated in the technological milestone of the first flight in the world with an unmanned aircraft monitored with this system, carried out in Seville


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Our Center collaborates with Vodafone in the development of a system to control the flight of drones through the 4G mobile network
The Center of Network Excellence of the Vodafone Group located in Spain, in collaboration with the Center for Advanced Aerospace Technologies (CATEC) and the Sevillian company Skylife Engineering, have made the first flight in the world of an identified drone, geolocated and controlled through a 4G mobile network beyond the line of sight, carried out in Seville between Isla Mayor and Utrera.
 
The drone, equipped with a SIM data, covered 32 km at low altitude in 25 minutes, controlled and monitored remotely with the Vodafone 4G network which also acted as a radar. The device incorporated a software based on the protocol for unmanned air traffic management. 

This new technological milestone has been possible thanks to the public-private collaboration between Vodafone, the regional Government of Andalusia and other Andalusian companies and entities. In fact, the preliminary flight tests have been carried out in our ATLAS Experimental Flight Center in Jaen. In the same way, CATEC has been in charge of adapting the equipment that takes part of the drone, as well as the software that allows integrating the air system with the Vodafone network; and the Andalusian company Skylife Engineering was in charge of the infrastructure and software for receiving telemetry data, signal levels and position.
 
Francisco Roman, president of Vodafone Spain, and Susana Díaz, president of the Junta de Andalucia, participated in the presentation of the flight.
 
This flight allows laying the foundations so that in the future drones equipped with SIM 4G can be located and controlled remotely using mobile telephone networks. Thus, it would be possible to supervise and land them in case of access to demarcated areas as restricted (airports and aerodromes, military facilities, chemical plants ...), and ultimately the control of the airspace of drones (U-Space). In addition, this solution will make it possible to boost the use of drones safely in different sectors of economic activity such as: logistics, fleet management and transport, agriculture, border surveillance, critical infrastructures, fields in which significant economic growth is expected in the next years. 

Our Center collaborates with Vodafone in the development of a system to control the flight of drones through the 4G mobile network


December 29th 2017
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