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 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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