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


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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