Dr. Rusty Powell, Vice President, Space Development and Integration
The demand for smart, connected products is driving a remarkable increase in aerospace product complexity. Design engineers must contend with more electronics, electrical systems, and data requirements. Consequently, keeping the engineering team and other stakeholders on the same page during the design process is challenging.
Digital threads can connect the critical data flow across the product development lifecycle. It is becoming the touchstone for design teams, offering an unambiguous source of truth that holds all the data and design information required to keep engineers on the same page regarding the most sophisticated designs.
A defense and space systems engineering and integration company, Axient, leverages digital engineering (DE) and model-based systems engineering (MBSE) to advance its engineering services and solutions. It makes DE tools and processes vital components of its holistic and comprehensive multi-domain test and analysis, and mission engineering and operations services.
Driven by its competencies, Axient is becoming a key stakeholder in helping the U.S. Space Force turn digital-first. Axient is facilitating U.S. Space Force and DoD’s needs for faster development, integrated assembly, and the capability to test systems before they are built – all in the shortest time possible and without cost overruns.
Axient’s strong footing in facilitating advanced technologies comes from its four predecessors: QuantiTech LLC, Millennium Engineering and Integration LLC, Systems Engineering Group, and Dynamic Concepts Inc. Each company was an industry leader in their own right, and their combined capabilities in the form of Axient are leading the charge from advanced aerospace to cyberspace technology solutions.
“We are making this possible through our platforms, such as our Mission Lifecycle Development Lab (MLDL) and the Reliable Expandable Satellite Testbed (REST), to improve the delivery of DE and MBSE capacities for our clients,” says Dr. Rusty Powell, Vice President, Space Development and Integration, Axient.
The MLDL tool combines tried-and-true technologies for testing and simulation in space-based missions. Mission assets and actors, including formations, constellations, and ground-based components, can be simulated with dynamic, high-fidelity physics-based models to offer real-time feedback with in-depth visualization. This detailed simulation plays an important role in modeling complex systems.
Its commercial-off-the-shelf, government-off-the-shelf, and custom Mission Development Satellite Automation Toolkit software, specify and trade performance parameters using physics-based models to assess mission impacts and visualize system concepts.
Axient leverages digital engineering (DE) and model-based systems engineering (MBSE) to advance its engineering services and solutions
Time efficiency is an added advantage of the MLDL tool. It can complete specification definitions and bills of materials in minutes. It can also rapidly evaluate design alternatives, assess requirements impacts, and predict the performance of competing designs in space systems, a key enabler that significantly reduces design cycle time. Capabilities like detecting and tracking hypersonic missiles, visualizing integrated operations with weather, and serving operational energy needs further help many DoD clients.
When performing hardware and software tests, REST is designed to record simulation and avionics data and hardware signals for detailed post-test analysis. A suite of tools is also available to analyze the recorded data. Axient uses this capability throughout the satellite program lifecycle, including requirements analysis, design, development, and qualification testing, continually evaluating the system and its ability to complete the mission. Their customers such as the Army’s Space and Missile Defense Command and NASA recognize the importance of catching defects early in the program, reducing cost and schedule impact, and increasing mission success.
Recently, Axient helped one of its clients in Colorado Springs identify defects and repair them using its tools. It ensured their critical satellite system of national importance remained active, stayed linked to terrestrial and ground-based capabilities, and returned to fully mission-capable status in a relatively short time.
Axient is laser-focused to continue bringing value and action to its customers. It is completing a satellite design and integration facility to deliver enhanced capabilities to its clients. Axient’s experience of more than 30 years in space missions makes them a perfect partner to help clients provide full lifecycle support, from acquisition strategy and decisions to operations, sustainment, and delivery.