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Lockheed Martin Closes Ties With NASA Using Dassault Systèmes DELMIA Imaging Software To Improve Orion's Physical Prototype

Simulation of the parts of the Orion spacecraft
Simulation of the parts of the Orion spacecraft

Dassault Systèmes, a sister company of an aircraft manufacturer specializing in 3D solutions and product life cycle management (PLM), announced that DELMIA software is helping Lockheed Martin strengthen its ties with the American space agency, NASA. Both organizations are focusing their efforts on building prototypes (mockups) for the Orion spacecraft that will be used in missions to orbit the moon and land on its surface.

Orion, the American space exploration project of the next generation, is part of the "Constellation" program to explore the solar system. Lockheed Martin and NASA are collaborating on the development of simulations to test the quality of human engineering in the Orion cockpit. Lockheed Martin's Orion-related contracts are valued at approximately $4 billion. Project managers at Lockheed Martin say that simulations of "what if" scenarios and studies for weighing alternatives help build working relationships and trust that are essential in all types of collaboration between government and industry. The visualization software used by the project is DELMIA DPM for digital processes in production and V5 Human for ergonomic analysis.

NASA and Lockheed Martin are working directly with the astronauts using DELMIA solutions, and are building in Littleton, Colorado, a virtual (digital) prototype of the crew space on the spacecraft, and a physical prototype at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. The virtual prototype accelerates the speed of development of the exact physical prototype at the Johnson Space Center, which simulates the crew space with a high level of reliability.
Additionally, the Lyttelton prototype reduces costs by allowing changes to be made digitally instead of manually. The virtual prototype is used for the technical planning of the crew arrangement, the spacing between crew members and the design of the seats, and is used to make sure that the crew can see and reach all the controls. Up to 11 mannequins are used in the simulation, and it includes analysis of the training space, access to the astronauts' storage compartments, and entry and exit from Orion.


Lockheed Martin sees the virtual prototype and the physical prototype as key interface points with NASA. The imaging data is used by the Johnson Space Center to make updates and improvements to the physical Orion prototype, which is being built at full scale. In addition, the prototype at the Johnson Space Center helps the astronaut training team and NASA evaluate the design of the control systems. The simulations help prevent wasted time and costs due to repeated repairs and changes to the physical prototype.

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  1. Use of XNUMXD solutions in the development of space systems - the time has come.

    One can only hope that the funds that will be poured into the XNUMXD field will reduce increases so that the technology can also permeate other civilian fields such as medicine.

  2. This software should be used for other things: like the human body for transplants (using the software to design a more suitable part.)
    under construction!! to build better designed and safer houses.
    To program roads..
    and so
    :))

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