Through the Design to Produce initiative ESA develops techniques to improve the space system end-to-end development process with the aim to reduce engineering lead time and cost.
At the heart of the initiative is the challenge to design space systems towards manufacturability, integration and verification and thus the need to feed relevant lessons learned from the manufacturing, assembly, integration and testing process back to the design process.
This requires a multidisciplinary approach, in-depth expertise and experience across all phases of a space system’s life-cycle that can be directly implemented through the Concurrent Design Facility.
To allow the shift from the lengthy document centric traditional design, build and then test process to a model centric analyse and build process more suitable to the new space environment. Using models and high-fidelity virtual environments to prototype, experiment and test options and concepts, means integrating new technologies with a faster pace.
ESA is supporting space industry with setting up partnerships and pilot projects with specialised non-space actors for a rapid adoption of smart space factories modus operandi. The initiative will substantially benefit from the leading expertise of European SMEs in related technologies such as embedded sensors, virtual, augmented and enriched reality.
The initiative follows the following key-lines of actions:
Adopting digital models and digital engineering for end-to-end development across disciplines, life cycle and the supply chain