CNES Selects MSC.Software To Design Space Systems

French Space Program Gains Additional Flexibility and Collaboration Using Enterprise Simulation Tools

SANTA ANA, Calif., Nov. 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- MSC.Software (NASDAQ: MSCS), the leading global provider of enterprise simulation solutions including simulation software and services, today announced that the Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES), the governmental agency responsible for shaping and implementing France's space policy in Europe, has selected a broad portfolio of MSC.Software solutions to help the agency in their mission to invent the space systems of the future.

For their innovative and influential work, engineers at CNES will use a variety of MSC.Software's product offerings, including the leading solver applications and the CAD embedded solution SimDesigner. These solutions, in use in technical and operational facilities at the Toulouse Space Centre and the Evry Space Centre respectively, provide CNES with the breadth of simulation technology needed to realize the initiatives that maintain France and Europe's competitive edge in the Space industry.

"After a full competitive review, we have chosen to partner with MSC.Software in order to best address our wide range of enterprise simulation requirements. MSC.Software's solutions for linear, nonlinear, crash and kinematics deliver the best-of-breed functionality which is necessary for the Space industry today," said Jean-Noel Bricout, head of structures and mechanical engineering office at the Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales. "SimDesigner further expands our simulation options, giving us direct access to CATIA geometries, and providing an upfront design-simulation capability to our engineering team at the Evry Space Centre."

SimDesigner is a CAD-embedded simulation suite that features enterprise collaboration and centralized data management. Providing an intuitive environment for design engineers to perform repeatable, documented simulation studies earlier in the design process, SimDesigner delivers the ability to create and collaborate on designs and performance simulations in one powerful application. The suite provides a number of designer-friendly simulation tools, including workbenches for linear and nonlinear structures, thermal, and crash and enterprise gateways for MSC.Software's multi-disciplinary solver MD Nastran.

"We are honored that CNES has chosen our virtual product development solutions to address their enterprise simulation needs," said Bill Weyand, chief executive officer, MSC.Software. "As the Space community seeks to increase collaboration, with design teams spread throughout the world, our solutions will deliver the enterprise reach and knowledge management required to speed innovation."

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About MSC.Software Corporation

MSC.Software (NASDAQ: MSCS) is the global leader of enterprise simulation solutions, that help companies make money, save time and reduce costs associated with designing and testing manufactured products. MSC.Software works with thousands of companies in hundreds of industries to develop better products faster by utilizing information technology, software, services and systems. MSC.Software employs more than 1200 people in 23 countries. For additional information about MSC.Software's products and services, please visit

About CNES

France affirmed its space ambitions from a very early stage. As a result of its efforts, it has now achieved independent access to space and is a key mover behind Europe's space policy and international cooperation.

Over the years, CNES, the French Space Agency, has built up end-to-end expertise in implementing space systems, working with expert contractors and research laboratories. Through its ability to innovate and its foresight, it is helping to expand knowledge, foster the emergence of new technologies that will benefit the whole of society, and develop space applications.

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This press release contains forward-looking statements, including all statements relating to the features, benefits, capabilities and performance of MSC.Software products. These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to be materially different than expectations. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, changes in technology, the end-user computing and analysis environment, implementation and support that meet evolving customer requirements, general industry trends and the impact of competitive products.

Furthermore, information provided herein, which is not historical in nature, are forward-looking statements pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All such forward- looking statements are based largely on management's expectations and are subject to and qualified by risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements. The Company undertakes no duty to update any forward-looking statement to conform the statement to actual results or changes in the Company's expectations.

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