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RCSP team to use Siemens software for lunar effort

SIEMENS PLM Software is partnering with Rocket City Space Pioneers, with the team to use Solid Edge and Femap to compete for the Google Lunar X Prize.

The Rocket City Space Pioneers is a team of businesses, academic institutions and non-profit organisations competing for the $30m Google Lunar X Prize. The competition challenges teams to safely land a robot on the surface of the Moon, travel 500m over the lunar surface, and send images and data back to Earth.

The RCSP team will use Solid Edge software and Femap software with NX NASTRAN software for finite element modelling coupled with digital product simulation and analysis. Team leader of RCSP is Tim Pickens, chief propulsion engineer and commercial space advisor for Dynetics.

Siemens PLM Software will also partner with the RCSP on the “Engineering Meets Education” program. This initiative will allow the partnership to engage high school students with engineers and scientists to assist in designing, building and flying aerospace hardware.

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