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


Universities and international research centres participated at the II International Tournament of Air and Land Robots of the European Robotics League

CATEC was the organizer of this important competition, in which the latest innovative robotic systems from France, Poland, the United Kingdom, Croatia and Saudi Arabia were presented

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Universities and research and technological centres of the international scope met in Seville last February to participate in the II Local Tournament of the European Robotics League (ERL Emergency), a competition funded by the Horizon 2020 program of the European Union in which different teams of engineers and scientists linked to robotics and unmanned aerial systems (drones) have presented their latest innovations in the application of these technologies for use in emergency situations, such as rescue operations, fires, natural catastrophes, etc.

CATEC has been commissioned to host and organize this international competition unique in Europe, and that has been developed for the first time in Spain, thanks to its leadership and experience in the development of new technological applications in this field

has been commissioned to host and organize this international competition, unique in Europe and that has been developed for the first time in Spain, thanks to its leadership and experience in the development of new technological applications in this field. The participating entities were the École Nationale Supérieure de Techniques Avancées (ENSTA ParisTech) from Paris, France; the Laboratory for Robotics and Intelligent Control Systems (LARICS) of the University of Zagreb, Croatia; the Lodz University of Technology, Poland; King Abdullah University of Science and Technology; the University of Bath (United Kingdom) and ENSTA Bretagne, France.To bring these technologies closer to their real application in the market in the coming years, during the days of the competition attended as a public several representatives of emergency services that could benefit from the use of these robots for their professional activity (police, firefighters, health emergencies, etc.).

The competition consisted mainly in developing tasks under the recreation of an emergency situation, which involved, among other issues, that the land and aerial robots access a specific area, detecting and avoiding fixed and mobile obstacles, delivering a first aid kit to a person (mannequin) and create a 3D map of the full area explored. The winning team, which passed the tests and achieved the best score in the overall calculation of the exercises, was the Laboratory for Robotics and Intelligent Control Systems (LARICS) of the University of Zagreb, who also won the prize for the best land robot. For its part, the best aerial robot was deployed by the KAUST team from King Abdullah University in Saudi Arabia, while the best pilot was awarded to the RAPTORS team from the University of Lodz, Poland.

During ERL Emergency 2019, there was a special prize awarded by the European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency (GSA) to the best application for the positioning accuracy of robots that make use of solutions based on Galileo and EGNOS navigation systems, whose winner was the KAUST team. In addition, the SESAR Joint Undertaking awarded another special prize to recognise technological innovations to ensure the safe access to airspace for drones or aerial robots, in support of the European Commission's U-space initiative. The winner in this challenge was the Bath Drones team, from the University of Bath.

The initiative was a success, not only for the quality and innovation of the participating robots and teams, but also for the experience of exchange of ideas and knowledge and the coexistence developed during these days between the teams and the CATEC organizing team. Congratulations to all!

April 25th 2019
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