After eight months of space travel, NASA’s Curiosity rover landed on Mars to start its exploratory mission. The big challenge the specialists of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) had to face was that they only had one chance to achieve the rover’s landing on the Red Planet. In this context, NASA leveraged Siemens’ leading Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software for the design and production of the rover, as well as for the hundreds of simulations of the conditions Curiosity would face in all phases of its trip to the Red Planet.
The goal of Curiosity’s mission is to enhance knowledge around Mars’ environment and to further collect data about its conditions and on whether it can support various forms of life. In order to secure the mission’s success, emphasis was given to the rover’s resilience in the extreme conditions of launch, atmospheric entry and landing on the planet’s surface.
Given that these conditions cannot be physically simulated anywhere on Earth, NASA’s specialists needed technological solutions that would secure the success of the venture in advance. Thus, Siemens’ PLM software helped NASA ensure that all mechanical components fit together, operate properly and withstand any environmental condition occurring during the mission.
Siemens is one of the few companies in the world to provide solutions for cost efficient procedures for the aerospace industry. By combining Siemens’ PLM software and automation technologies, organizations like NASA can proceed with the design and the implementation of complex projects faster and more economically. This is really significant in a period when speed and efficient use of capital are key requirements for the industrial sector.
Siemens’ PLM software is a comprehensive suite, which includes Computer-aided design (CAD), Computer-aided manufacturing (CAM), Computer-aided engineering (CAE), Product Data Management (PDM) and digital manufacturing solutions, which assist engineers in giving answers even to the most complex manufacturing challenges.
Today, Siemens’ PLM software is used by over 70,000 clients around the globe, which operate in the aerospace industry, the car manufacturing industry, the production of electronics and machinery and other sectors.
More information, photos and videos regarding Siemens’ contribution in NASA’s mission are available at http://www.siemens.com.
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