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Interactive 3D Visualization to Support Concurrent Engineering in the Early Space Mission Design Phase

Deshmukh, Meenakshi and Wolff, Robin and Fischer, Philipp M. and Flatken, Markus and Gerndt, Andreas (2015) Interactive 3D Visualization to Support Concurrent Engineering in the Early Space Mission Design Phase. In: Challenges in European Aerospace, CEAS Air & Space Conference. Challenges in European Aerospace, 7.-11. Sep. 2015, Delft, Niederlande.

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The development of space systems involves complex interdisciplinary systems engineering. The concurrent engineering (CE) approach has been successfully applied to the early design phase of space missions. To bridge the gap between the development phases and between the different domain experts, a model based system engineering (MBSE) approach is showing promising results. To support CE and MBSE during space mission development, the German Aerospace Center (DLR) has started developing a new tool called Virtual Satellite. It offers extended software support required by CE for inter-domain communication, data exchange, dependency analysis, on the fly data analysis, data consistency while maintaining a common system model based on the MBSE approach. However, the general issues of inter-domain communication and understanding still exist and may lead to misinterpretation. To overcome this problem it is intended to take advantage of interactive 3D visualization and Virtual Reality techniques to visualize the complex system model and, thus, provide a common understanding of the system model and the intrinsic domain knowledge. Furthermore, this will promote the experts to communicate their ideas and improve the visibility of potential design issues. The paper describes the efforts taken at DLR in this direction, architecture details and advantages of adopting these techniques into space mission development from the early design phase.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/119909/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Interactive 3D Visualization to Support Concurrent Engineering in the Early Space Mission Design Phase
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Fischer, Philipp M.UNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-2918-5195UNSPECIFIED
Date:October 2015
Journal or Publication Title:Challenges in European Aerospace, CEAS Air & Space Conference
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:Virtual Satellite, Interactive Visualization, System Engineering, Model Based System Engineering
Event Title:Challenges in European Aerospace
Event Location:Delft, Niederlande
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:7.-11. Sep. 2015
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space System Technology
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R SY - Space System Technology
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Virtueller Satellit (old)
Location: Braunschweig
Institutes and Institutions:Institut of Simulation and Software Technology > Software for Space Systems and Interactive Visualisation
Deposited By: Fischer, Philipp M.
Deposited On:20 Jul 2018 09:48
Last Modified:31 Jul 2019 20:17

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