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 SAFEDRONE European project is launched for the integration of drones in the future U-Space and facilitate their flight in cities and rural areas

It will cover one of the largest flight demonstrations in Europe, which will be held at the facilities of our ATLAS Center in Jaen

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CATEC is participating in the new European SAFEDRONE project, which has just started and which will tackle one of the largest flight demonstrations in Europe to date with drones and conventional aircraft sharing the same low-altitude airspace (Very Low Level-VLL).

Funded by the European Union, through H2020 and SESAR JU, this initiative aims to facilitate the emerge of drones in cities and rural areas to provide all kinds of services in the next decade. The project is being promoted by a consortium led by Indra and integrated by our Center, the University of Seville, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), Unifly, ENAIRE (Spanish public company of navigation services and air traffic management) and CRIDA (Center for Research, Development and Innovation Reference in ATM).

The objective of SAFEDRONE is to develop a series of innovative services -which will shape the future U- Space- that will facilitate the access of drones to the airspace that extends from the ground to 120 meters of altitude. In this way, the demonstrations carried out in the project will help defining the operational context of these services.

All tests and flights of the initiative will take place in our ATLAS Experimental Flight Center, located in Villacarrillo (Jaen). The flights will involve up to eight different types of aircraft - drones and light aircraft with fixed and rotating wings - flying simultaneously in the same space. Specifically, they will include operations “Beyond visual line of sight” (BVLOS) in rural and semi-urban areas, recreating situations such as the delivery of medical materials, generation of maps and control of the use of the territory.

February 1st 2019
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