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 centre has GPS and Galileo emulators for onboard software solutions for vehicles

Within its main advantages, this technology enable the development, adaptation and onboard hardware and software solutions quickly, efficiently and flexible. Besides, CATEC has the necessary staff and equipment to develop and adapt customized solutions

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The centre has GPS and Galileo emulators for onboard software solutions for vehicles
The Centre for Advanced Technologies and precisely the Area of Avionics and Unmanned Systems is responsible for developing algorithms and methodologies that enable the intelligent treatment and fusion of data from GPS, magnetometer and radio altimeter to be applied for the aerospace sector.

CATEC has a GSS 800, which allows the emulation at RF level of the constellations GPS (L1 and L2), Galileo (E1, E5ab and Safety of Life) and Glonass (L1). It also includes simGen software that allows modeling many parameters (patterns of the antenna, multipath, etc.) and simINERTIAL that let us simulate barometric and inertial sensors of navigation synchronized with the GNSS. This equipment has the ability to be operated in real time and remotely making possible to be used in HWIL testing equipment for aerospace navigation systems.

The algorithms are mainly based on the extended Kalman filter and can be applied to a large range of sensors, which linearizes about the current mean and covariance and improve GPS precision.

FADA-CATEC offers customized solutions for customers, thanks to its highly skilled professionals and cutting edge equipment to develop, adapt and test onboard hardware and software.

For further information, you can contact with Antidio Viguria.

October 31st 2011
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