Electrical and electronic development for space!​

By Sarah Bartash

How one company went from manual harness design processes to an electrical and electronic development digital solution, achieving a successful first flight, with the help of Capital

See how Firefly, a diversified, end-to-end space transportation company with several product lines, moved away from an inefficient, traditional approach to E/E systems development. In the past, their harness engineering process used Excel spreadsheets, Visio diagrams, Inventor spline lengths, AutoCAD drawings, PowerPoint installation figures and Vault PDM and network folders. Now, Firefly relies on the Siemens Xcelerator portfolio to create a seamless design lifecycle.

“It took less than 3 calendar weeks to go from first engine bay harness in hand to being completely done integrating all harnessing and performing all checkouts in the S1 engine bay. For comparison, this same feat took nearly 10 weeks for flight 1. We did it in about a third of the time and to a much higher quality standard. The secret ingredient unquestionably was having that NX harness CAD.” – Warren Terry, Firefly Integration Engineer

Watch the webinar to learn why Firefly made the switch and see the results of their digital transformation.

  • Gain insight into the challenges of creating space transportation.
  • See the benefits of digitalizing design processes.
  • Learn how to cut design time through seamless ECAD, MCAD and PLM integration.

Watch the webinar NOW → Spacecraft harness development with Firefly Aerospace

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