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Simulation-Based Engineering for Satellite Applications

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The satellite industry is unforgiving. It is a definitive example of how right-first-time design is a must. Furthermore, customers are demanding heavier, more-sophisticated payloads be delivered to …

The satellite industry is unforgiving. It is a definitive example of how right-first-time design is a must. Furthermore, customers are demanding heavier, more-sophisticated payloads be delivered to orbit at lower cost.

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  • 1. Simulation Based Engineering for Satellite Applications Robert Harwood, Ph.D Aerospace and Defense Industry Director ANSYS, Inc Robert.harwood@ansys.com 1 © 2013 ANSYS, Inc. October 30, 2013 ANSYS Confidential
  • 2. The Satellite Industry is Highly Competitive, With Heavier Payloads Being Delivered at Lower Cost 5,000 4,000 +73% 3,000 2,000 Average Satellite Mass (Kg) 1,000 0 1995 2000 2005 2010 Source: FAA 2011 Space Transportation Forecast 40 30 -35% 20 10 0 2000 Average Launch Cost/Kg ($k) 2002 2004 2006 Source: FAA Year in Review, Commercial GEO Payloads 2 © 2013 ANSYS, Inc. October 30, 2013 ANSYS Confidential 2008
  • 3. The Competition for Launches is Global and the Competition for Bandwidth is Fierce Number of launches in 2011 31 19 18 7 3 Russia China USA Europe 3 Japan India “On Average, the Pentagon’s per-megahertz cost of commercial satellite bandwidth was 30% lower in 2003 than in 2010” Telecommunications: Competition, Capacity, and Costs in the Fixed Satellite Services Industry, US GAO, 2011 3 © 2013 ANSYS, Inc. October 30, 2013 ANSYS Confidential
  • 4. Simulation Based Engineering is a Key Enabling Design Tool for Satellite Companies to Achieve Their Key Business Initiatives Global Competition and battle for bandwidth Increasing Reliance on ISR and Comms Competitive Cost Pressure 4 © 2013 ANSYS, Inc. October 30, 2013 Reduce design process costs Reduce Component Size, Weight and Power Improve robustness and reliability Mitigate against emerging threats (kinetic or energy, electronic jamming) Improved capability ANSYS Confidential Robust, Smart and Affordable Satellite Systems
  • 5. The Complex Nature of Satellite Design Demands a Holistic Approach to Simulation with Comprehensive Multiphysics Capabilities a Critical Component Staff Training and Certification CAE Configuration and Model Management Simulation Data Mgmt and Supplier Integration Comprehensive Multiphysics HPC Scale-Up and Hardware Optimization Robust Design Optimization Collaborative Simulation 5 © 2013 ANSYS, Inc. October 30, 2013 ANSYS Confidential
  • 6. ANSYS Offers the Satellite Design Community a Portfolio of Simulation Based Engineering Tools For The Affordable Development of Advanced Satellite Platforms at All Stages of Deployment Propellant Tank Design Advanced material performance assessment (e.g. composites) Composite filament winding In flight performance simulation 6 © 2013 ANSYS, Inc. October 30, 2013 ANSYS Confidential
  • 7. ANSYS Offers the Satellite Design Community a Portfolio of Simulation Based Engineering Tools For The Affordable Development of Advanced Satellite Platforms at All Stages of Deployment Satellite Launch and Orbit System and component dynamic response (launch shock and vibration, response to engine firing etc) Rigid and flexible body dynamics for panel deployment Propulsion and positioning system design 7 © 2013 ANSYS, Inc. October 30, 2013 ANSYS Confidential
  • 8. ANSYS Offers the Satellite Design Community a Portfolio of Simulation Based Engineering Tools For The Affordable Development of Advanced Satellite Platforms at All Stages of Deployment Operational Performance Electronic system thermal management EMI/EMC Antenna and space based communication system design 8 © 2013 ANSYS, Inc. October 30, 2013 ANSYS Confidential
  • 9. Conclusions The satellite industry is globally competitive and must deliver more advanced systems faster and at lower cost than ever before Satellite design must be “right first time” Multiphsyics simulation based engineering is a critical enabler of robust, smart and affordable satellite design ANSYS works with industry leaders in the space and satellite industry. The following slide presents links where you can find more details if you are interested 9 © 2013 ANSYS, Inc. October 30, 2013 ANSYS Confidential
  • 10. Additional materials Download a white paper: “Electromagnetic, Thermal, Stress and Deformation Analysis of a Space-Based Satellite Dish Antenna” Download the white paper here! Read about how SpaceX used multiphysics simulation to save hundred’s of thousands of payload equivalent dollars Download SpaceX article here! Listen to David Gump, President of Astrobotic talk about how multiphysics simulation is helping them chase the Google Lunar-X Prize Watch the video now! 10 © 2013 ANSYS, Inc. October 30, 2013 ANSYS Confidential
  • 11. Contacts: Connect with me on LinkedIn: Robert Harwood http://www.linkedin.com/in/robharwood1 E-mail me directly: Robert.Harwood@ANSYS.com Follow us on social media: www.ansys.com/Social@ANSYS Watch out for our webinars: www.ansys.com/About+ANSYS/Events 11 © 2013 ANSYS, Inc. October 30, 2013 ANSYS Confidential

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