Oct 09 2007

MicroSat Systems Accelerates Satellite Time-to-Launch with Realistic Simulation Solutions from Dassault Systèmes

Abaqus Unified FEA Software from SIMULIA Provides Small Business Competitive Edge for Innovative Satellite Development

Paris, France, and Providence, R.I., USA, October 9, 2007 – Dassault Systèmes (DS) (Nasdaq: DASTY; Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA), a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, today announced that MicroSat Systems, a fast-growing provider of high-performance satellites based in Colorado, USA, is accelerating the evaluation of product performance and reliability with Abaqus Unified Finite Element Analysis (FEA) software from SIMULIA.

“With more commercial and government programs needing small satellites capable of carrying larger payloads, it is critical to our success to be able to deliver flexible satellite solutions that meet their requirements in a shorter amount of time,” said Todd J. Mosher, Ph.D., director, advanced systems, MicroSat Systems Inc. “We selected Abaqus FEA software due to its reputation for sophisticated nonlinear simulation including pre-loads, mechanisms, and thin-shell aerospace applications.”

MicroSat Systems is using Abaqus Unified FEA software to analyze the structural and thermal response of their satellite systems, which consist of a modular bus structure; lightweight and foldable, thin-film, solar array systems; and miniaturized avionics.  Realistic simulation solutions from SIMULIA are enabling MicroSat Systems to develop a competitive product line of satellite buses that provide more payload, power, data processing, and pointing accuracy.

“Our strategy of delivering advanced FEA technology with improved usability is key to enabling small to mid-size companies such as MicroSat Systems to accelerate the development of innovative products,” stated Ken Short, vice president, SIMULIA strategy and marketing, Dassault Systèmes. “The technology in Abaqus Unified FEA makes it possible to analyze the full spectrum of a product’s physical performance and get closer to real-world behavior more affordably than previously.”

SIMULIA’s scalable suite of Unified FEA products allows users to collaborate seamlessly, sharing simulation data and approved methods across multidisciplinary workgroups.

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