PLD Space is developing a family of reusable micro launchers to provide suborbital and orbital launch services for small satellites and payloads. The company began using the Altair software in February 2017, with a focus on structural analysis. The HyperWorks structural analysis tools are used to ensure correct structural behaviour during each stage of the launch, including load path development, initial sizing and strength check. HyperMesh is the preferred pre-processor for the team, HyperView is used for post-processing tasks, and OptiStruct for structural analysis. The team also plans to apply OptiStruct for structural optimisations, and HyperCrash as well as RADIOSS for impact analysis.
“I came across HyperWorks when I used HyperMesh in different aerospace projects in the past,” says Gerardo Cordero Vaca, Rocket Stress Engineer at PLD Space. “I immediately realised how easy it is to work with this software and its versatility. For us the main advantages of Altair’s software compared to other tools are its versatility in working with different solvers and the accuracy of the structural analysis. In addition, HyperMesh lets us mesh structural components very quickly and hence helps us shorten the pre-processing time. Altair gives us a competitive edge, by supporting our aerospace project with highly competitive software.”
“I’m very proud that we at Altair can support such an innovative project with our software and expertise,” states Stefano Deiana, Country Manager of Altair Spain. “Facilitating access to space to small customers, for technological commercialisation and peaceful scientific research advancement, as PLD Space is planning to do, is very well worth our support. It is always fun to work with these young and energetic teams and I’m sure HyperWorks will give PLD Space the cutting edge to get ahead in their development plans quickly.”
The Spanish ‘HyperWorks Start-up Programme’ offers software and engineering support to small and newly founded companies. The initiative seeks out dynamic and young start-ups in Spain that are focused on the development of innovative products with a strong technological approach.