NASA Using PLM App to Manage Collaboration for Spacecraft Design

Space agency taps PTC solution to support development of next-generation Crew Exploration Vehicle

Space agency taps PTC solution to support development of next-generation Crew Exploration Vehicle

Needham, MA — February 3, 2006 — NASA is using a product lifecycle management solution from PTC in the development of its Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV), America's first new human spacecraft in 30 years, the solution provider has announced.

NASA is developing the CEV to meet the goals of President Bush's "Vision for Space Exploration." Windchill serves as the backbone of the Integrated Collaborative Environment (ICE), a major tool for NASA's Exploration Systems Mission Directorate (ESMD).

CEV program engineers will utilize the ICE as an extranet to manage data and facilitate collaboration. NASA selected Windchill for critical capabilities such as program management and execution, secure data management, real-time decision-making and efficient change management throughout the program's lifecycle.

Facilitating Collaboration

As the central source of information for CEV systems, ICE provides a consistent view of data, thereby unifying all of the teams of NASA personnel and NASA suppliers. Furthermore, it facilitates concurrent product development across the program and in geographically dispersed sites while providing configuration and change management functions with automated workflows.

Additionally, the integral visualization capabilities of Windchill allow wide audiences to leverage the CAD models and drawings via lightweight viewables, helping to produce a more efficient product design cycle, higher quality products and lower costs, PTC said.

"A strong product development system is critical in enabling NASA to control vast amounts of data and manage the product development process in a way that ensures high levels of security and design efficiencies," said C. Richard Harrison, president and CEO of PTC. "We are very proud that PTC Windchill is playing a critical role on the product development side to help NASA realize the vision set forth by the president for future space exploration."

NASA's detailed description of the ICE and the role of Windchill can be found at

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