SpaceX Wins Big NASA Contract, Transparent Wood, and Moving to Model Based Design in Aerospace

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On today's episode, NASA’s Gateway program will create the first long-term lunar orbiting space station, to support lunar missions under the Artemis program. The agency has announced that Elon Musk’s SpaceX has been chosen to launch the two core elements of the Gateway complex.

When architects or engineers need transparency, they choose glass or polymers. That may be changing, however. Newly developed transparent composite material based on wood might have multiple applications in civil and mechanical engineering.

For centuries in engineering, and millennia in civil engineering, drawings have been the basis for design. Computer-aided design made those renderings virtual. The Aerospace and Defence PLM Action Group has released a report that defines how the industry can move from renderings to 3D model-based representation for type design certification.

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