Andalusia looks at Space

The trajectory and experience of the Andalusian aeronautical industry is known, in general, by our society, especially after the great growth that has been experienced in the last two decades thanks to the development and participation in large aeronautical projects and programs in the heat of Airbus, and that have allowed us to diversify towards other clients and global markets and towards activities and businesses with more added value, with less tradition in our region.

That knowledge and know-how, that experience, technological capacity and competitiveness that our industry has acquired over time must now be transferred to those areas that have great potential for the future, and that, in some cases, are considered sister sectors, as is the case with Space. In FADA-CATEC we have always been clear, and if Andalusia, and Spain, in general, want to look with ambition towards the future, it should enhance its presence in the space sector, one of the most valuable and technologically charged within industrial and economic activity, and also has always been a tractor or engine for important innovations in other productive sectors.

From our Center we have been working on the ground for many years to encourage the R&D of our companies to move towards this field, and thanks to the collaboration in various projects with the industry, we have already achieved that some of the new technologies that will mark the nearest future, such as additive manufacturing or 3D printing, whether applied in the Space sector, both in launchers and in satellites.

The recent edition of the World Space Week has served to emphasize the possibility that Andalusia has to bet on this industry, and to create a space to position itself as a strong region in technological capacity and competitiveness within this sector. Likewise, it has allowed us to verify that there is a great receptivity on the part of the aeronautical and technological companies for participating in the space sector, and also a strong interest of the administrations and institutions so that this presence is a reality as soon as possible and is translated into productive activity and generation of wealth and employment for our economy. Next year 2019 Seville will be the European capital of Space, an event that will undoubtedly bring new opportunities for business, investment and technological collaboration in this field, and that we should not let go. The challenge is there, now it's time to work together to achieve it.

Joaquín Rodríguez Grau
Director of CATEC

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Our Center participates in different forums and reference meetings with national and international experts in the aerospace sector


He highlighted the "I Meeting Andalusia on Aeronautics and Defense Industry", of which FADA was a sponsor, or the presence in the S-Moving event on mobility and future


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Our Center has developed in the last weeks an intense activity that has led it to participate in different forums and reference meetings of the aerospace, defense and drones sector, in which it has managed to strengthen its relationship and collaboration with experts and entities of these sectors.

Thus, he participated in the first edition of the SER Meetings on the Defense and Aeronautics industry, organized by the Cadena SER Andalucía on October 2, in collaboration with our FADA, Airbus and Santa Bárbara Foundation, in which leading companies of the sector participated. and representatives of public administrations. In fact, he had the presence of the Secretary of State for Defense of the Government, Angel Olivares, and the Minister of Employment, Enterprise and Commerce of the Junta de Andalucía, Javier Carnero, among others. The meeting included a round table moderated by the president of FADA, Pilar Serrano, who had the participation of managers of the companies Aernnova, Inespasa and AERTEC Solutions, and other presentations by Airbus Defense and Space and General Dynamics Santa Bárbara Systems.

CATEC also had an outstanding participation in the event S-Moving (Smart, Autonomous and Unmanned Vehicles Forum), held in Malaga on October 17 and 18, and brought together the main companies and entities related to the field of mobility and drones from Spain. CATEC attended with its own stand in which we presented our wide range of UAS / RPAS technologies and services for its application and use in different sectors and participated in the program of technical sessions included in the appointment. Specifically, our general director, Joaquín Rodríguez Grau, participated in the round table on "Autonomous vehicles connected as a platform for the collection and processing of data", in which he presented some of our latest drone projects and highlighted the possibilities of This type of vehicles as an excellent platform for the collection and processing of data, in fields such as infrastructure inspection, agriculture and environment and logistics.

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In addition, our center was present in "secuDRone, Technological Drones and Security Applications Conference, which was held on October 4 in Madrid, where our fellow engineer Rafael Caballero, from the Division of Avionics and Systems, intervened explaining the latest innovations and applications that we are developing in terms of the use of unmanned systems (drones) and Artificial Intelligence for their application in surveillance operations'.

We have also attended the presentation of the Innovative Public Procurement Program that the Ministry of Agriculture made within the framework of the FIMART Fair held in Córdoba, and whose objective is to promote innovation through hiring. Finally, we also participated in the H2Orizon 2018 meeting, held at FIBES Sevilla in September, which brought together experts and professionals in water management and technologies. This event included a session on "Innovation in sustainable irrigation: sensors, satellites, drones", which featured a presentation by Antidio Viguria, our head of the Avionics and Systems Division.




October 30th 2018
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