First Solar-Powered Flight Across America Lands in New York

By Elena

Giving people the power to imagine sustainable innovations is the core purpose behind Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE Platform, and nothing embodies that spirit more than Solar Impulse.  New York City was the final stop in the solar plane’s cross-country tour, and if you are lucky enough to be in the area this weekend, you can see the airplane for yourself on Sunday (July 14) at John F. Kennedy Airport! Just sign up here: http://solarimpulseatnyconsunday.eventbrite.com/

Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg spent the last decade envisioning and building the solar powered airplane that could fly long distances, and last weekend it completed one of its first major tests.  The team landed at JFK after a two month journey that started in San Francisco, and included stops in Phoenix, Dallas, St. Louis, Cincinnati, and Washington, D.C.

Making the Solar Impulse plane was no small feat – it includes nearly 12,000 silicon solar cells and 880 pounds of batteries to store electricity that powers four electric motors.  Being an experimental plane also made it subject to Federal Aviation Administration regulations that stipulate it must take off in the early morning hours, before other air traffic.  As a result, the solar-powered aircraft flew day and night to complete its historic journey.

This is truly a milestone in the aerospace industry and a precursor to what the future holds for us all – clean and sustainable aircraft.  Dassault Systèmes is proud to be a specialty partner in the endeavor to make it a reality!

What’s next for the Solar Impulse team?  They’re taking the lessons learned from their cross country journey and planning an around-the-world flight for 2015.

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Live from 3DEXPERIENCE Forum North America 2012 – Day 1

By Aurelien

Here is a recap of Day 1 from 3DEXPERIENCE Forum North America 2012 (Nov 6-7, Orlando). Want to follow all the action as it happens? Use the hashtag #3DXforum or our Netvibes live dashboard.

Aerospace Collaboration… in the Cloud, of course!

By Aurelien

In my previous post from our Farnborough series, I mentioned the CRESCENDO project as an insight into the future of modeling and simulation of digital aircrafts. Now, how about collaboration? Collaboration is indeed key when it comes to complex multi-tier supply chains such as in the Aerospace industry. And in order to get a single source of truth, cloud-based collaboration is a must. For that matter, BoostAeroSpace is another great European project fostering cloud-based collaboration for the Aerospace industry (you can also follow @BoostAeroSpace).

Better than any amount of words, check out the video below to see what we mean by a Collaborative 3D Experience in the Aerospace industry, from the passenger experience to the airline operator and to the aircraft manufacturer. All of it happening in the cloud, of course ;)

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What do you think? Wouldn’t it be awesome if a wish you’d share in an online community would turn into reality in the next manufactured aircraft?




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