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


RPAS SUITE: technology transfer for manufacturers and operators with aircrafts and unmanned systems

CATEC set a package of technologies related to the field of UAVs in order to transfer them and make them available to the firms of this sector

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RPAS SUITE: technology transfer for manufacturers and operators with aircrafts and unmanned systems
CATEC, trough its area of Avionics and Unmanned Systems, is working to develop new technologies related to control systems and applications with UAV's (as well named RPAS). Thus, our Center has set up and prepared a package of various technologies, called RPAS SUITE, which can be adapted for every manufacturer or operating company of unmanned systems, providing specific solutions to the needs of each client.

This package consists of an autopilot, a software of the control station and a payload manager. All these elements have a high flexibility that allows to adapt the system in a very short time to multiple applications and systems. The autopilot has redundancy in hardware, high performance navigation sensors and a great computing capacity. The ground control station (GCS) has an API and a plugin system available that allow to create new functions easily.

Finally, the payload manager has a large storage capacity and multiple input / output devices that allow to connect it to almost any sensor boarded. Indeed, this system has been validated in multiple R&D projects in recent years and it has been used successfully for inspection applications and precision farming using UAVs.

For more information please contact the CATEC Avionics area.

September 30th 2013
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