On A Mission to Mars

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I would also like to invite you to join NASA’s live coverage of Curiosity’s arrival on Mars which is expected at 05:31 Universal on August 6. To celebrate this exciting endeavor and learn more about Siemens’ involvement in the aerospace market, 20 of our offices around the globe will be setting up conference rooms where you can join your colleagues to watch events unfold on NASA TV. You can find details about participating offices here. Those not able to join at these locations can also watch NASA’s live stream at www.nasa.gov/ntv. And... if you happen to be in Times Square in New York at 1:30 am EDT you can watch it, thanks to the efforts of Siemens USA, on the large Toshiba screen there!


This is an exciting week for all of us at Siemens PLM Software and for many others around the world, as we count down the hours until the planned landing of the newest Mars Rover, “Curiosity,” on August 6th (Universal Time). If all goes well for this Mars Science Laboratory mission, Curiosity will complete its arduous eight month, 350 million mile journey (where it reached speeds of up to 70,000 miles per hour) with an amazing descent through the Martian atmosphere and landing in the Gale Crater. Once there, it will search for evidence of past and present habitable environments and is a crucial step in NASA’s plan for a future manned mission to Mars, ca. 2030.

What is especially exciting for us in PL is that our customer, NASA JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory), relied on our integrated suite of NX solutions to design, develop, simulate, test and build this remarkable spacecraft, along with Teamcenter to provide product and process information management. Because it is impossible to recreate all of the extreme and hostile environmental conditions of outer space here on Earth, the ability to use sophisticated digital modeling, analysis and testing prior to building physical prototypes has been essential to this mission. The collaborative methodologies developed by JPL provide a fine example of our HD-PLM vision at work, helping our customers make smarter decisions that result in better products – which, in turn, lead to a much higher probability of mission success.

Now, after years of development and preparation, success may come down to the last incredibly complex seven minutes of the flight. A top NASA official has stated that the Curiosity’s descent and landing form the “hardest NASA mission ever attempted in the history of robotic planetary exploration.” To understand more about this phase of the mission I encourage you to watch this great video from NASA JPL: “Seven Minutes of Terror.”

Willingness to take on daring new challenges and develop innovative ways to solve them is a hallmark of many of our customers and of all of you who develop and deliver our products and take the time to cultivate and nourish relationships with our customers who use them. As I hope you have seen, your efforts are generating a great deal of interest in the market and with our colleagues throughout Siemens. Here is just a sampling of recent recognition we’ve received regarding our leadership in the aerospace industry:

And for more examples and information, you can visit the dedicated Curiosity page on Siemens USA’s intranet as well as NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory home page or follow the mission and landing through a variety of social media channels.

I would also like to invite you to join NASA’s live coverage of Curiosity’s arrival on Mars which is expected at 05:31 Universal on August 6. To celebrate this exciting endeavor and learn more about Siemens’ involvement in the aerospace market, 20 of our offices around the globe will be setting up conference rooms where you can join your colleagues to watch events unfold on NASA TV. You can find details about participating offices here. Those not able to join at these locations can also watch NASA’s live stream at www.nasa.gov/ntv. And... if you happen to be in Times Square in New York at 1:30 am EDT you can watch it, thanks to the efforts of Siemens USA, on the large Toshiba screen there!

As we join together to wish NASA and the JPL team success in this bold and innovative mission I want to personally thank each of you for making PL and our customers leaders in both vision and delivery.

No matter how this mission turns out, we can all be very proud of the contributions we are making to the future of space travel and exploration and our commitment to helping our customers in this industry unravel the mysteries of the universe.

 

With best regards,

Chuck

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