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The King and Queen of Spain visited CATEC and got to know the main research lines at the Center


June 30th 2016

The visit of King Felipe and Queen Letizia coincided with the opening of the first incubator of aviation technology transfer in Aerópolis


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The King and Queen of Spain, King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia, made a visit to the Centre for Advanced Aerospace Technologies (CATEC) last May 10th, where they could get to know the main lines of research in aerospace, as well as some of the technologies and innovative applications developed for the industry of this sector.

Their Majesties were received by the president of the Andalusian Foundation for Aerospace Development (FADA), Antonio González Marín; and the CEO of CATEC, Joaquin Rodríguez Grau; who accompanied them on their tour of the facility and explained the activities developed by the Center aimed at promoting R&D and improving the competitiveness of enterprises.

During their visit, the King and Queen were able witness flight demonstrations of several drones and remotely piloted platforms (UAS/RPAS), one of the most important technologies being developed by the center for use in civil aviation and other industrial sectors. Specifically, they could see work done by some light aerial robot prototypes belonging to the ARCAS European project, which aim to carry out operations, transfers or assemblies of structures or parts for inaccessible sites inside of these aircrafts.

King Felipe and Queen Letizia listened attentively to the instructions and explanations from those in charge of CATEC and greeted the technicians and workers of the Center. This visit was framed within the visit of the King and Queen to the opening of the first incubator of aerospace technology transfer in Spain, located in Aerópolis, and also has the support of FADA-CATEC. This incubator, launched by the Chamber of Commerce of Seville and the Incyde Foundation has enough space to accommodate about 40 companies, and it is forecasted that it will be fully occupied in two years. The project represents an investment of more than 1.6 million euros.

The visit of the Kings ended with an informal meeting with managers and entrepreneurs in the Aerópolis Business Center, where Their Majesties were also able to exchange greetings with the attendees, showing their support and backing for the Andalusian aerospace industry.



Photos: Oficina del Portavoz del Gobierno, Junta de Andalucía.



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