Orion, America's next-generation space exploration project, is part of the Constellation program to explore the solar system. The Lockheed Martin Corp. unit and NASA are partnering in human-factors simulations to develop Orion's command module. Lockheed Martin's Orion contracts are valued at about $4 billion. LMSSC project managers say that simulations for "what-if" scenarios and tradeoff studies help build working relationships and credibility that are critical for any sort of successful government and industry collaboration. The simulation software is DELMIA DPM (Digital Process for Manufacturing) and V5 Human for ergonomic analyses.
Working directly with astronauts, NASA and LMSSC, using DELMIA's solutions, are building a virtual, or digital, mockup of the crew exploration vehicle in Littleton, Colorado and a physical mockup at NASA's Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston, Texas. The digital mockup is speeding development of the high-fidelity physical mockup at JSC. The Littleton mockup is also cutting development costs by doing modifications digitally rather than through carpentry. The virtual mockup is to provide a technical basis for crew arrangement, crew spacing and seat design, and is to ensure crewmembers can see and reach controls. Simulations use up to 11 manikins and include analyses for exercise space, access to crew stowage, and getting in and out of Orion.
Lockheed Martin sees the digital and physical Orion mockups as a key interconnection with NASA. The simulation data is used at JSC to refine the physical Orion mockup, which is built full-scale. The JSC mockup also helps the crew trainees and NASA evaluate the design of the control systems. These simulations will help avoid the wasted time and excess cost of repeated rebuilds and modifications of the physical mockup.
About Lockheed Martin Aeronautics
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics (LMA) is engaged in the design, research and development, systems integration, production, support and upgrade of advanced military aircraft, rockets, missiles and related technologies. Customers include U.S. government agencies, the U.S. military, and allied governments around the world. Major aircraft programs include F-35 Lightning II (originally the Joint Strike Fighter or JSF); F-22 Raptor; F-16; C-130J tactical transport and C-5 strategic airlifter. LMA also supports F-117, P-3, S-3 and U-2. LMA produces major components for the Japanese F-2 fighter and is a co-developer of the T-50 trainer for South Korea. The Skunk Works(TM) develops innovative next-generation systems.
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As a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, Dassault Systemes brings value to more than 100,000 customers in 80 countries. A pioneer in the 3D software market since 1981, Dassault Systemes develops and markets PLM application software and services that support industrial processes and provide a 3D vision of the entire lifecycle of products from conception to maintenance to recycling. The Dassault Systemes portfolio consists of CATIA for designing the virtual product - SolidWorks for 3D mechanical design - DELMIA for virtual production - SIMULIA for virtual testing - ENOVIA for global collaborative lifecycle management, and 3DVIA for online 3D lifelike experiences. Dassault Systemes is listed on the Nasdaq (DASTY) and Euronext Paris (#13065, DSY.PA) stock exchanges. For more information, visit http://www.3ds.com
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