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 MOCHUELO project, the first system of night surveillance of agricultural farms through the use of UAV, presents its results

The initiative, developed thanks to a collaboration agreement between the Provincial Council of Jaen and FADA-CATEC, has included the development of flight campaigns with various UAVs equipped with cameras and other sensors at the ATLAS Center in Villacarrillo

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Last March 22, the provincial Council of Jaen hosted the presentation of the conclusions of the MOCHUELO project, an R&D initiative that has led to the successful development of a pioneering system through the use of unmanned aircraft (UAS / RPAS) to carry out safety tasks and nocturnal surveillance in olive and agricultural holdings in the province of Jaen.

The project, promoted thanks to a collaboration agreement between the Provincial Council of Jaen and FADA, was presented by the President of the provincial Council, Francisco Reyes; and the general director of FADA, Joaquin Rodriguez Grau, who emphasized the great utility that this project will have in the field of agriculture, and which has great possibilities of application in other important sectors.

The initiative has been developed by engineers and experts of CATEC in the ATLAS Centre of Villacarillo (Jaen) through various flight and test campaigns with different unmanned aircrafts equipped with visible spectrum cameras, infrared, thermographic, and other sensors that can determine the monitoring and detection of elements of interest and to take pictures in detail with a great quality.

The objective has been to demonstrate the viability and operation of this type of remotely controlled technologies to identify vehicles and people and the activities they carried out, and thus detect them at night to prevent the entry of potential intruders on farms and prevent thefts or intrusions not allowed in them.

In this way, the good results developed with this initiative can be transferred and applied to other economic sectors, such as the environment, safety and emergencies, topography, infrastructure inspection, architecture, archaeology or heritage, which can benefit from this new system and UAS-based technology in general.

April 18th 2017
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