PTC has announced that NASA is using Windchill, the PTC product lifecycle management solution, in the development of its Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV).
America's first new human spacecraft in 30 years, the CEV is being designed 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 use 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 life cycle.
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.
ICE facilitates concurrent product development across the program and in geographically dispersed sites while providing strict configuration and change management functions with powerful automated workflows.
The integral visualisation capabilities of Windchill allow wide audiences to easily leverage the CAD models and drawings via lightweight viewables. The result is a more efficient product design cycle, higher quality products and lower costs.