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 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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