Lockheed Martin has selected VOLTA, Esteco’s collaborative engineering software platform, to advance multidisciplinary design optimisation (MDO) technologies as part of the EXPEDITE Program.
Within Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Development Programs, known as Skunk Works, Esteco has been awarded an IRAD (Internal Research and Development) contract to provide its enterprise software.
‘We couldn’t be prouder to be selected to contribute to this effort,’ said Roel Van De Velde, director of aerospace and Defense for Esteco North America. ‘Streamlining the efforts of design teams that collaborate across geographic distances and technical disciplines is among EXPEDITE’s key objectives, and it is exactly what VOLTA has been created for,’ Van De Velde added.
VOLTA’s secure web-based environment is designed to empower collaboration between engineering departments and organisations, enabling them to concurrently run complex simulation and optimisation projects, effectively manage large volumes of data and share results in real time. ‘Being selected by Lockheed Martin supports the vision we laid out several years ago when we started developing VOLTA’, said Matteo Nicolich, VOLTA product manager.
The US government-funded Expanded MDO for Effectiveness Based Design Technologies (EXPEDITE) Program seeks to advance and expand the use of MDO technologies to disciplines that go beyond aerodynamics and structures, including power and thermal management systems, aircraft performance, manufacturability, robustness, reliability and cost. ‘This is the typical complex engineering scenario that Esteco technology has been designed for,’ concluded Van De Velde.