Founded in Barcelona in year 2000, CATUAV is the drone civilian company with longest trajectory in Europe.
We design and manufacture UAVs in-house for a wide range of applications. With the pass of the years, we have been iteratively fine-tuning our platforms to obtain the best possible performance. The reliability and effectiveness of our drones has been proven in thousands of flight hours within different scenarios.
Our multidisciplinary and experienced team has intensively worked to be able to offer flexible solutions with the most cost-effective price in the market.
Jordi Santacana (left), founder and CEO of the company, was very impressed with the radiocontrol plane that his father built that year.
When he grew older, he decided to build himself his first wood model. After this one, he began to equip them with cameras and chemical film that was developed at home.
This year Jordi designed and built an RC airplane specially made for aerial photograpy. After a few tests some of the photos were good enough to be sold to the owners of some farms and houses, the price of each photo was 100 pts (about 0,60 €)
This is one of the firsts aerial photos captured with the custom made design. It’s in black and white because it was developed at home, color prints needed to be developed by professional shops and the service was too expensive for Jordi at that time
Before CATUAV and our professional use of this new technology drones were just a hobby for us. This is a photo of the first drone we developed, named Risk because of the risky nature of its flight...
He thought that he would like to feel the experience of flying inside the aircraft, so he decided to build his own full-size ultralight airplane. This time, he wouldn't be with the feet on the ground, he would be onboard the plane!
After 3 long years of construction he finished his plane. In order to prove that this years were worth he had to try it. He successfully flew it from Barcelona to Lyon (France) in only one day, and received the Gold Propeller Award for that.
After this unique experience, he built a ground control center, developed an autopilot, experimented with FPV glasses... and created his first autonomous UAV.
After seeing the potential of this technology, he decided to establish the first European civilian drone company, and one of the firsts movers in the world. CATUAV designed, manufactured and operated fixed-wing drones for a big number of applications types. The company began to grow.
First prototype developed by CATUAV to test all UAV systems in flight. It demonstrated the capacity of the company to develop low cost and functional UAVs.
As a standardization of the ATMOS 1 appeared ATMOS 2, following the same design lines but with the fuselage made with composites
First fuel engine UAV intended for long range and long endurance missions with 10+ hours endurance.
Improvements from Atmos 2 allowed increasing the efficiency of the full UAV, resulting in an increased endurance with more payload capacity.
Thanks to AURENSIS company we integrated our first thermal camera, a Thermoteknix Miricle 307K with the same resolution (640x520) that industry enjoys nowadays, a decade later.
CATUAV designed un built his own multispectral camera (18 bands) with an array of 6 modified standard RGB cameras. The operation of this camera was too complicated for commercial operations but allowed us to gain experience in multispectral cubes process.
ARGOS was born from the experience acquired designing FUROS. With an endurance of more than 14 hours is the perfect solution for affordable surveillance applications.
Prototype to test new motor configurations that lead to the development of ATMOS 5.
First system with pusher engine that set the nowadays ATMOS standards: 2kg MTOW with 500g payload with 60+ minutes endurance. It has been one of the morelong-standing UAVs, being in service until 2016.
Based on the ATMOS 5 model but with T-tail configuration, was the first system that could be packed in a hard case to transport it by plane anywhere.
Electrical version of ARGOS specially designed to test new hyperspectral sensors.
Thanks to Dr. Jaume Piera (CSIC) and Rikola company from Finland we made our first scientific flight campaign with an hyperspectral camera of 400 bands.
Improvement on the ARGOS system to be compatible with catapult launch and allowing for a better assembling to facilitate transportation and allowing to operate it anywhere.
Small improvements in the ATMOS series lead to the ATMOS 7, the first to have an assembly-line production with a composite fuselage. With 80+ minutes endurance and 500g payload is the perfect solution for earth observation applications.