MANHASSET, N.Y. -- NASA's Johnson Space Center has selected Altium Designer as the standard to unify electronic design for NASA's leading spaceflight-related research center.
The latest deal with the Space Center (Houston) expands Altium Limited's (Sydney, Australia) ongoing relationship with NASA. Altium tools are already at other NASA facilities: Jet Propulsion Lab, in Pasadena, CA; Kennedy Space Center, in Florida; Langley Research Center, in Virginia; Marshall Space Flight Center, in Huntsville, Ala.; and Stennis Space Center, in Miss.
Altium's product-development tools integrate the elements of system design--design of the printed-circuit board, programmable hardware and the embedded software--into a single design environment.
"After a lengthy evaluation of available electronic computer-aided design tools, JSC Engineering selected the Altium tool suite," said Matt Lemke, chief of the electronic-design and -development branch in NASA's engineering department.
Over thirty Altium Designer unified licenses will be used at JSC to develop NASA's signal integrity, simulation, layout and FPGA processes, unifying these several disparate disciplines within Altium's unified electronics design environment.
The Space Center's Engineering Directorate will use Altium Designer as its electronics-design standard on both manned and unmanned mission support. These include the Space Shuttle and International Space Station programs, as well as the Constellation program to send astronauts back to the Moon.
Altium Designer will be used for designing guidance and navigation, electrical power systems, avionics systems, instrumentation, thermal protection, spacesuits and other extravehicular-activity (EVA) equipment, aerodynamics and related disciplines, advanced automation systems, and overall systems engineering and simulation.
NASA wants to unify various design disciplines and help improve design-flow efficiencies and the performance of completed designs. The Center is also transferring its legacy designs to Altium Designer.
Being able to protect this intellectual property and past design investment, and reuse or modify designs, were important factors in the decision to move to Altium Designer. The Center is also using Altium Designer to improve configuration management and version control.
"The Johnson Space Center is embarking on some of the most ambitious space programs of our time, and we are delighted that NASA has chosen Altium Designer to help make these visions for space exploration a reality," said Nick Martin, founder and CEO, Altium Limited. "It's gratifying that an organization of the caliber and reputation of the Johnson Space Center is seeing that a unified approach to electronics design can overcome design barriers characteristic of traditional point tools."