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

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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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