Good forecasts

For the year ended 2018 we are proud of having developed a good job and having achieved new milestones for the Andalusian aerospace and technology sector, but more importantly, it starts a new one, 2019, with the feeling that we have a very promising future ahead. Not only for our center, but for all those who participate in the aeronautical industry and the innovation environment and technological development linked to this sector, which boosts the economy in our community.

In our specific case, new horizons are opened with the participation in new European projects such as SAFEDRONE, DOMUS, RIB-AM or RIMA, all of them linked with the development and application of new technologies of unmanned systems (drones) for their integration in airspace or implementation of new advanced manufacturing systems (such as 3D printing) for the aerospace industry. Also with the organization of important events like the hosting of the II International Tournament on Emergency Service Robots of the European Robots League (ERL), which will take place in our facilities in Seville next February.

We must highlight another unprecedented milestone in Andalusia, such as the Presidency of Seville of the Community of Ariane cities for 2019, an event in which FADA-CATEC collaborates and which will mean that the city of Seville becomes the ideal showcase to demonstrate the potential of our sector and the focus of attracting investment and business opportunities to boost our companies and technology activities in the field of space, through the environment offered by the so-called New Space. This event will have a program full of activities that will also serve for the scientific dissemination of what the Space sector represents and the applications that the whole society enjoys today thanks to the development in this field.

We have, therefore, an exciting year ahead, full of good forecasts and new challenges and illusions for both the Andalusian and Spanish aerospace sector. Let us take advantage of this to continue working among all of us - industry, administrations, technological agents and social agents - to keep on growing and positioning it as one of the most relevant in the European and international environment.

Joaquín Rodríguez Grau
Director of CATEC


Test bench for functional tests with new electromechanical actuators for aerospace applications

CATEC is working on the development of this new technology for the ACE project, coordinated by CESA and in which participate the Andalusian firms Skylife Enginnering and Aerotecnic

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Test bench for functional tests with new electromechanical actuators for aerospace applications
CATEC is working on the development of a new technology to its application in the aerospace sector: the ACE program (Development of an Electromechanical Micro-Actuator with Incorporation of New Technologies for Aerospace Applications), a project of the call RETOS-Collaboration 2016 of the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness.

The objective of this initiative is to design, develop and validate an electro-mechanical micro-actuator that can be part of the blocking system of the landing gear and doors of a civil aircraft, replacing conventional hydraulic systems. CATEC's mission in this project is to design the actuator and develop a test bench to perform functional tests on the actuator.

ACE is a collaborative R&D project, coordinated by CESA, in which also participe the Andalusian companies Skylife Engineering and Aerotecnic.

The initiative is aimed to extend the use of electromechanical actuators to more aircraft systems, contributing to the concept of fly by wire and, as a consequence, the reduction of weight in the aircraft and its environmental impact. In addition, it aims to position the Spanish industry in the world market for electromechanical micro-actuators of the latest generation and reduce dependence on foreign suppliers.

February 2nd 2017
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