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Rocket Lab taps Siemens for industrial aerospace software

Rocket Lab taps Siemens for industrial aerospace software

Software selected to integrate operations and help drive scale

A Rocket Lab launch at Mahia Peninsula in New Zealand.

A Rocket Lab launch at Mahia Peninsula in New Zealand.

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New Zealand-based aerospace company Rocket Lab is scaling up, deploying new software from Siemens to integrate its operations and support growth.

Rocket Lab is developing its small satellite launch service, will start using Siemens software to help digitally manage the lifecycle needs of the business. 

The next launch, Rocket Lab's 10th, is scheduled for November 25, lofting seven satellites including a Japanese craft designed to create artificial meteor showers.

The software is from Siemens' Xcelerator portfolio, which and includes Teamcenter digital lifecycle management software and NX software for computer-aided design (CAD) and manufacturing.

The roll-out comes as Rocket Lab prepares to integrate all its design, engineering and production systems to establish an end-to-end digital thread that enables increased transparency and efficiency across various offices.

“As we’ve grown, so has our production capacity and the platforms associated with various products and processes," said Rocket Lab’s vice president of global operations, Shaun O’Donnell.

Rocket Lab's New Zealand company reported $46.3 million in revenue for the nine months ended December 2018, up from $34.7 million in the prior 12 months to 31 March 2018. 

"Using Teamcenter, we’ll be able to combine various aspects of data related to the same part, assembly and system to maintain a single source of truth across the life cycle of the product."

NX will give Rocket Labs' designers increased performance and stability to cope with larger assemblies, he added.

“Investing in the right digital platforms that allow us to easily scale with growth is critical to the sustainability of our business. With offices around the world, we rely heavily on the access of relevant information that impacts the efficiencies of our production processes,” O’Donnell said.

Siemens Xcelerator software is part of an integrated portfolio of software, services and an application development platform that can be personalised and adapted to fit customer and industry-specific needs, Siemens said.

The software is used by the top 20 global aerospace manufacturing companies.

“The space race is becoming increasingly important globally and here in Australia and New Zealand," said Samantha Murray, managing director of Siemens digital industries software in the A/NZ region.

The pillars driving competitiveness in the industry will be digital and dependent on how technologies support access to global supply chains, she said.

“Rocket Lab is a progressive company with some incredible talent and a bold vision. We’re thrilled that they’ve chosen Siemens software to help with their next phase of growth."


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