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


Real-time simulation of wind models for flight simulators

Thanks to this technology pilots and students will be able to experiment real wind situations including orography and obstacles at the time

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Real-time simulation of wind models for flight simulators
The CATEC’s area of Simulation and Software has developed a new research and simulation service which enables to generate real- time simulation of wind models for flight simulators. By using this technology, a simulation of wind is performanced thanks to mathematical models in real-time simulations. Actually they are very common in pilots training.

Thanks to these mathematical models, calculations can be parallelized and reduced their time of execution so they can be used in training activities, since time of calculation passes from hours to few minutes. Simulation even enables the instructor to modify wind conditions in the course of the exercise; the system can change and be adapted to the new condition in few minutes of calculation.

This technology’s prime advantage and innovation is the possibility of developing customized wind models to train pilots with flight simulators performing with different aircrafts. The student is taught to manage different real wind situations according to the orography and possible obstacles. This new technique can be applied to different flight simulators (aircrafts, helicopters, and UAVs).

For further information about it, please contact the responsible of the area of Simulation and Software, Alberto Prieto.

February 7th 2012
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