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


The ATLAS Center hosts a conference of flights with UAS for its use in fire-fighting operations and transportation of medicines

The conference, which was attended by the former Regional Minister of Employment, Enterprise and Trade, José Sánchez Maldonado, is framed within the REAL European project, which seeks to facilitate the integration of the drones in the airspace

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The ATLAS Experimental Flight Center, located in the town of Villacarrillo (Jaén), is recently hosted a conference of tests with unmanned aircraft (UAS/RPAS/drones) in which, through various flight pioneers, has been tested such as facilitating the use of UAS operations of fire-fighting and the transportation of medicines.

These flights have been framed within the REAL European project, an initiative in which FADA-CATEC participates and seeks to facilitate the integration of drones in airspace and in low-altitude actions that present great exploitation potential. The objective of this project is to promote the use of the new EGNOS satellite communications system and new technologies in order to contribute to the integration of drones into airspace and their use in operations such as fire-fighting or the transportation of urgent medicines.

The meeting was attended by the former Regional Minister of Employment, Enterprise and Trade of the Junta de Andalucía, José Sánchez Maldonado; and other authorities like the Chancellor of the University of Jaen, Juan Gómez Ortega; the deputy of Employment of the Provincial Council de Jaén, Manuel Hueso; and the Mayor of Villacarrillo, Francisco Miralles; accompanied by the director of FADA, Joaquín Rodríguez Grau, and the director of the ATLAS Center, Anastasio Sánchez.

Also, various managers of companies and entities interested in understanding the technologies related to the sector of the unmanned aircraft and their applications in different areas and operations, and more specifically in the included in the European project, attended the event.

The REAL project (RPAS EGNOS Assisted Landings) consists of a consortium composed of CATEC, Pildo Consulting (Spain), Sharper Shape (Finland) and EuroUSC (Italy). It is funded by the European GNSS Agency (GSA) within the H2020 program.

Currently, the project is validating the technologies developed through their application in different scenarios. In the specific case of fire extinctions, a wide variety of aircrafts (both helicopters and airplanes) are used, and in the critical operations phase, the use of an aircraft is required to coordinate and maintain the safety of air operations in the areas of influence, managing traffic properly. The objective of the operations carried out at ATLAS has been to validate the navigation and surveillance requirements necessary to include a drone in these tasks.

June 26th 2017
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