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


Test bed or indoors testing area for unmanned aerial and land systems

CATEC has an enclosure unique in Europe to perform vehicles coordination tests in an autonomous way and with movement monitoring

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Test bed or indoors testing area for unmanned aerial and land systems
Among the avant-garde infrastructures to develop projects and researches in the aerospace field available at CATEC, there is a test bed or indoors testing area for air unmanned air and land systems, mainly used in the Area of Avionics and UAS.

It is an enclosure unique in Europe to carry out autonomous coordination tests with aircrafts and monitoring of movements, concerning R&D projects on this subject in which the Center participates. Also, these facilities are available to all companies and institutions interested in performing tests with this kind of aircrafts.

The testing area is 18 meters wide, 18 meters long and 7 meters high and it has a network of 20 infrared cameras, to enable tasks of aircrafts and quadrotors positioning.

For further information about these facilities, contact the department of Avionics and UAS:

November 13th 2012
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