United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft lifted off today.
MAVEN will examine specific processes on Mars that led to the loss of much of its atmosphere. Data and analysis will help planetary scientists understand the history of climate change on the red planet and provide further information on the history of planetary habitability.
"ULA is very proud of its 100 percent success rate with launches, and our partnership with Siemens is an important part of that success," said Michael Gass ULA's president and CEO. "We utilize Siemens PLM software to help deliver mission success for the Atlas V rocket more effectively and efficiently from design to manufacture."
The same Atlas V family used today also launched the Mars Rover Curiosity into space for its long journey to Mars and its historic landing on the red planet last year. Siemens PLM software also was used on the Mars Rover program to help in the design, production and testing of the Curiosity.
Siemens PLM software plays an essential role in enabling deep-space exploration for international space programs.