Buenos Aires, Argentina: Argentina’s National University of La Plata (UNLP) joined hands with NASA and Dassault Systems Solutions to develop Aquaries-SAC-D, an Earth-observation satellite. The partnership was hailed as the first collaboration of its kind, mainly because of NASA’s decision to outsource some of the key work.
Dassault Systemes, a major player in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management solutions and the Argentine university unveiled their key contributions to Project Aquaries-SAC-D, a satellite mission that uses scientific applications that help predict climatic changes accurately. UNLP used Dassault Systemes solutions to design, develop, test and manage two of seven major instruments that make up the SAC-D Aquarius project.
Argentine industry analysts hailed the announcement as a major advance for Argentina as it endeavours to regenerate its aerospace and defence industries. SAC-D resulted from an international partnership between Argentine, French and US companies. The partnership includes the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Goddard Space Flight Center, Jet Propulsion Center, Dassault Systemes and Argentina’s National Commission for Space Activities, known by its Spanish acronym of CONAE or Comision Nacional de Actividades Espaciales.
“This is the first time NASA has outsourced scientific components to CONAE and UNLP, and because of our 3D PLM expertise and training, we were able to actively participate in all stages of design, production and testing of these two key instruments and beyond to delivery,” said Alejandro J. Patanella, executive director in UNLP’s faculty of engineering and aeronautics.
UNLP has invested in 3D PLM technology and boasts one of the best equipped PLM centres in the region. Dassault Systemes solutions at UNLP help train new generations of engineering professionals who will be responsible for the design, testing and maintenance of new products and services.