CATEC (www.catec.aero/en) is a technology centre managed by the non-profit organisation Andalusian Foundation for Aerospace Development (FADA). The main goal is R&D on aerospace related technologies in coordination with industries, universities and other research centres. FADA-CATEC has currently more than 70 researchers and technicians, being more than 20 of them developing UAV-related technologies.
CATEC is a Research member of the GRVC-CATEC Team. CATEC will be responsible for the tasks related to high level navigation, sensor fusion and human interaction. It will be also responsible for the aerial platform adaptation. CATEC will provide access to the Challenger Team to its indoor testing facility and will be in charge of the testing and validation process of the implemented solution.
CATEC researchers have been working in numerous UAV-related European research projects like PLANET (FP7) on the application of unmanned aerial vehicles and ground sensor networks to environment conservation and airport automation, EC-SAFEMOBIL (FP7) on the development of methodologies applied to distributed control and estimation techniques applied to multi-vehicle systems, ARCAS (FP7) on the cooperation of aerial robots with robotics arms for assembly tasks, and so on. CATEC is the coordinator institution of the two IP projects ARCAS and EC-SAFEMOBIL just mentioned. CATEC was an associated partner of the CONET Network of Excellence on Cooperating Objects (FP7), and participated in the Galileo project FieldCopter in the use of EGNOS to improve the navigation reliability and precision of UAV helicopter applied to precision agriculture applications. In addition of the above mentioned FP7 projects, all of them dealing with Unmanned Aerial Systems, CATEC has many other projects dealing with UAVs, including contracts with companies and projects in all the main Spanish R&D programmes, like SINTONIA (on-board detection and tracking system for UAVs) PROMETEO (forest fire fighting), ADAM (Automation of Autonomous Mobility), and PERIGEO where its main topics is the development of a 3D navigation system for space applications validated using UAVs. Finally, CATEC has state of the art facilities and labs to develop technologies related to aerial robots, and it counts with an indoor multi-vehicle test-bed with a VICON system of 15x15x5 meters that can be used for preliminary testing of the implementation of the use case.