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 €)
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.
With UAVs getting more popular, being now known as Drones, a restrictive UAV legislation is in the Horizon. This is why CATUAV starts the BCN Drone Center project with the aim to create a UAV Test Site with everything needed to safely test all type of civil UAVs.
After 2 years of project definition and construction, BCN Drone Center becomes a reality. With segregated airspace (TSA-31), airfield and a bioclimatic building becomes the perfect place to test and develop UAV technology. CATUAV sets its headquarters in it the same year the new UAV legislation enters into force.
In 2020 we are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Company. We are fully updating CATUAV webpage gathering all our history. Stay connected for the special events that we are going to announce soon…