Press Release

Microsat Systems Accelerates Satellite Time-to-Launch with Realistic Simulation Solutions from Dassault Systemes

By SpaceRef Editor
October 9, 2007
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Dassault Systemes (DS) (NASDAQ:DASTY ; Paris:DSY), a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, today announced that MicroSat Systems, a fast-growing provider of high-performance satellites based in Colorado, USA, is accelerating the evaluation of product performance and reliability with Abaqus Unified Finite Element Analysis (FEA) software from SIMULIA.

“With more commercial and government programs needing small satellites capable of carrying larger payloads, it is critical to our success to be able to deliver flexible satellite solutions that meet their requirements in a shorter amount of time,” said Todd J. Mosher, Ph.D., director, advanced systems, MicroSat Systems Inc. “We selected Abaqus FEA software due to its reputation for sophisticated nonlinear simulation including pre-loads, mechanisms, and thin-shell aerospace applications.”

MicroSat Systems is using Abaqus Unified FEA software to analyze the structural and thermal response of their satellite systems, which consist of a modular bus structure; lightweight and foldable, thin-film, solar array systems; and miniaturized avionics. Realistic simulation solutions from SIMULIA are enabling MicroSat Systems to develop a competitive product line of satellite buses that provide more payload, power, data processing, and pointing accuracy.

“Our strategy of delivering advanced FEA technology with improved usability is key to enabling small to mid-size companies such as MicroSat Systems to accelerate the development of innovative products,” stated Ken Short, vice president, SIMULIA strategy and marketing, Dassault Systemes. “The technology in Abaqus Unified FEA makes it possible to analyze the full spectrum of a product’s physical performance and get closer to real-world behavior more affordably than previously.”

SIMULIA’s scalable suite of Unified FEA products allows users to collaborate seamlessly, sharing simulation data and approved methods across multidisciplinary workgroups.

About MicroSat Systems, Inc.

MicroSat Systems, Inc. offers high-performance microsatellites and spacecraft subsystems – including space power systems, advanced miniaturized avionics and lightweight composite structures – to government and commercial customers. MicroSat is currently building the Demonstration and Science Experiment (DSX) spacecraft for the Air Force and is also developing advanced spacecraft subsystems in thin-film solar arrays, plug-and-play avionics and lightweight structures. For more information visit,


SIMULIA is the Dassault Systemes brand that delivers a scalable portfolio of Realistic Simulation solutions including the Abaqus product suite for Unified Finite Element Analysis, multiphysics solutions for insight into challenging engineering problems, and lifecycle management solutions for managing simulation data, processes, and intellectual property. By building on established technology, respected quality, and superior customer service, SIMULIA makes realistic simulation an integral business practice that improves product performance, reduces physical prototypes, and drives innovation. Headquartered in Providence, RI, USA, with R&D centers in Providence and in Suresnes, France, SIMULIA provides sales, services, and support through a global network of over 30 regional offices and distributors. For more information, visit

About Dassault Systemes:

As a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, Dassault Systemes brings value to more than 100,000 customers in 80 countries. A pioneer in the 3D software market since 1981, Dassault Systemes develops and markets PLM application software and services that support industrial processes and provide a 3D vision of the entire lifecycle of products from conception to maintenance to recycling. The Dassault Systemes portfolio consists of CATIA for designing the virtual product – SolidWorks for 3D mechanical design – DELMIA for virtual production – SIMULIA for virtual testing – ENOVIA for global collaborative lifecycle management, and 3DVIA for online 3D lifelike experiences. Dassault Systemes is listed on the Nasdaq (DASTY) and Euronext Paris (#13065, DSY.PA) stock exchanges. For more information, visit

CATIA, DELMIA, ENOVIA, SIMULIA, SolidWorks and 3D VIA are registered trademarks of Dassault Systemes or its subsidiaries in the US and/or other countries.


Dassault Systemes

Tim Webb (SIMULIA) [email protected]
+1 (401) 276-8105
Derek Lane (DS Americas) [email protected]
+1 (818) 673-2243
Mikiko Igarashi (DS AP) [email protected]
Arnaud Malherbe (DS EMEA) [email protected]
+33 (0)1 55 49 87 73
MicroSat Systems
Janel Marsilio [email protected]
+1 (303)-285-1830

SpaceRef staff editor.