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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The ARIANE consortium has successfully completed the first simultaneous flight of a civil RPAS and manned aircraft in a Spanish airport


CATEC participated in this European project of R&D which was led by Indra and whose flight tests were conducted at the Jaen Center for Experimental ATLAS Flights


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The European consortium ARIANE, which leads the multinational Spanish technology company Indra, and which also involved CATEC, CRIDA, and ENAIRE, has successfully completed the first tests of simultaneous flight in a conventional airport of an aircraft piloted remotely (RPAS/UAS) and a manned aircraft.

This was one of the first flying experiences developed in Europe so that an unmanned aircraft can operate in the traffic area of a conventional airfield. The European ARIANE project, part of the SESAR programme, thus allows further integration of these aircraft in non-segregated airspace, the same used by manned aircraft. Also, the success of these tests is an important step to the project partners, which are positioned at the forefront in the area of research and development for the integration of such systems in environments of air traffic control (ATC).

The flight programme was held in our ATLAS Experimental Flight Center, attached to FADA-CATEC and located in Villacarrillo (Jaén). The exercises were carried out in two distinct phases. In the first, an unmanned fixed-wing CATEC aircraft (Viewer) flew, executing maneuvers in the airfield while the MRI manned aircraft P2006T Indra simultaneously operated, under the supervision of a controller.

In the second phase of flight, an unmanned helicopter with approach procedure, vertical guidance, and instrument landing abilities was used and was validated based on satellite navigation. Thus, the ability of these aircraft to operate at an airport under the same conditions as other aircraft was proven.


July 1st 2016
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