When I was at NASA Ames recently, it was amazing to see how extensive their simualtion capabilitioes are, Rob. NASA's Future Flight Central has an exetnsive terrain map of Mars in a 20-foot-diameter, 360-degree setup.
Simulation is shortening the design process, from spacecraft to hybrid design. At a recent Siemens PLM conference, I watched a presentation on how simulation was key to the successful Mars rover landing. Likewise, there were presentation on how simulation has helped in the development of hybrids and the testing of composites.
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For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.