End of a Space Shuttle Era – What Next?

By Tom
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Photo Credit: NASA/Tom Farrar and Tony Gray.

I think most people will have that nostalgic feeling about the Space Shuttle program and its thirty years of history. It’s had its fair share of ups and downs: from the Columbia and Challenger disasters to the Hubble telescope project success; those moments in time are fixed in our memory.

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So what now? The dramatic images of Atlantis touching down for the last time led most people to ask what NASA and the US space program plan to do next. The good news is they’re already working on something new. :D

Several solutions to replace the space shuttle have been suggested and the most interesting part is that many of these new rockets are from the private industry, rather than a government organization. The majority of the solutions favor an “Apollo style” re-entry capsule. This style of spacecraft will be launched atop a rocket (like the Falcon 9) and land with a splashdown in the ocean.

Abaqus Unified FEA from SIMULIA has the built-in Multiphysics capabilities to successfully predict how that splashdown will happen and the ability to accurately predict physical effects the impact will have on the capsule. Just to prove Abaqus is up to the job – check out this tech brief and video we’ve put together:

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You can also browse for more examples— Tech Briefs, Conference Papers and Customer References— on how SIMULIA’s solutions can solve real-world challenging problems at the SIMULIA Resource Center.

In the words of one very famous spaceman – “To infinity, and beyond!” :wink:



Support is About People: Meet Shirly

By Matthias
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Dassault Systemes, Support, Customer, deployment, relationshipSupport is about helping people. In fact, support is about people. That’s why we have decided to introduce some people from Dassault Systèmes support to you. This is the first of a series of 3 interviews.

You remember the Dassault Systèmes Support in plain English video that I published a few weeks ago? Now it’s time for you to meet the real people behind the fictional characters that appear in the video.

Today, I’d like you to meet Shirly (in the video, her fictional name was Sonia). She’s the dedicated person that is sent by Dassault Systèmes to help a given customer track his projects on a daily basis and secure his deployment. There she is… Listen carefully to what she says!

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Stay tuned for our next portrait, later this summer!



MADEA Concept Company: Surfing Simulation

By Remi
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Have you ever dreamt of surfing right in a city center? It’s what the guys from MADEA Concept want to turn into reality.

I met them a few weeks ago as they’re part of our Passion for Innovation program and boy I was immediately seduced by their idea. Basically it allows you to try surfing in a simulator. Ok, fine. But when you see people trying it, whether they’re beginners or advanced surfers, you want to experience it right away, it’s so much fun! :D

Need a proof? Check this out and pump the volume:

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So what do you think guys? I’m sure they will grow pretty quickly, it’s just too awesome!



PS: with the summer, it would be perfect in your garden wouldn’t it? ;-)

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