on-demand webinar

How Northrop Grumman leverages Simcenter for space robotics success

Maximizing product design with simulation and the digital twin


An engineer reviewing a design model in a program on a desktop computer.

Space robotics operations (on-orbit satellite servicing, manufacturing, and refueling) are complex. There is limited simulation data that constitutes these space operations, and the operations involve sophisticated maneuvers in the space environment (0-g environment in a vacuum with extreme temperature gradients). In the space environment, the mechanisms and structures can exhibit higher order non-linear dynamic characteristics.

The development of space robotic systems is a lengthy process that requires extensive simulations and sensitivity studies (Design of Experiments). The space robotics systems cannot be fully tested, validated, and verified through ground testing as it is nearly impossible to replicate the exact operational environment. Hence, extensive analytical simulations are critical to the mission's success and play a crucial role in the robotic system development as well as verifying the system operations. This webinar will focus on how Simcenter 3D, HEEDS, and Simcenter Amesim are being utilized in Northrop Grumman’s on-orbit satellite servicing programs to reduce operational risk and predict with a high probability of success the environment in which the robotic systems operate. The creation of a high-fidelity digital twin was made possible by Simcenter 3D and Simcenter Amesim co-simulations, while Simcenter HEEDS provided highly efficient process automation for reliability assessment.

The digital transformation brought by Simcenter portfolio, part of Siemens Xcelerator has delivered substantial cost advantage and mission risk reduction over the conventional engineering approach.

Meet the speakers

Siemens Digital Industries Software

Jens de Boer

Simcenter Solution Manager for Aerospace

Jens is a passionate aerospace engineer. In the past 14 years at Siemens, he collaborated with aerospace companies to adopt and streamline their simulation and test processes throughout the development cycle.

Northrop Grumman Space Systems

Daisaku Inoyama

Manager of Structural Engineering / Multi-Body Dynamics Space Systems, Tactical Space Systems Division

Daisaku Inoyama, Ph.D. is a manager of the Multi-Body Dynamics (MBD) team at Northrop Grumman Space Systems, Tactical Space Systems Division. His team specializes in space robotics simulations and performs highly complex simulations of various satellite servicing missions. The team fully utilizes Simcenter portfolio, part of Siemens Xcelerator