About Us

We are 1 of the only 10 drone centers in the world. We are the 1st civilian drone company ever created in Europe, and one of the first movers in the world.

 

In our center you can develop, test and certify unmanned aerial vehicles. You can join our practical and international courses.

 

We count with runways, hangar, lab, ground control stations, office… All this, in a beautiful solar powered bioclimatic building surrounded by nature.

Our History

1978

Jordi Santacana discovers aviation

Jordi Santacana (left), founder and CEO of the company, was very impressed with the radiocontrol plane that his father built that year.

1984

Hands-on

When he grew older, he decided to build himself his first wood model. After this one, he began to equip them with chemical film cameras that were developed at home.

1986

First aerial photo

This year Jordi designed and built an rc airplane specially made for aerial photograpy. The first shots were made in black and white and developed at home. 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 €)

1991

Turning more ambitious

He thought that he would like to feel the experience of flying inside the aircrafts. So he decided to build his own full-size ultra-light airplane. This time, he wouldn't be with the feet on the ground. He would be onboard the plane!

1994

Fly!

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 fly it from Barcelona to Lyon (France) in only one day. He received the Gold Propeller Award for that.

2000

UAVs

After this unique experience, he built a ground control center, developed an autopilot, experimented with FPV glasses... and created his first autonomous UAV.

2000

UAV Company

After seeing the potential of these aircrafts, 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.

2010

Drone Boom

The drone industry began to experience a big boost. Tens of companies were created every day, hundreds of pilot licenses were issued every week... The CATUAV team foresaw the need of this industry to count with a drone center.

2014

BCN Drone Center fully operative!

CATUAV purchased a strategic property, obtained a segregated airspace from aviation authorities, and constructed a bioclimatic building. The BCN Drone Center became a reality!

Awards & Recognitions

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