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Donation of Software to University Nanosat Program Participants
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02/04/2004, 17:58:06

The Air Force Research Laboratory, Space Vehicles Directorate (AFRL/VS) and C&R Technologies, Inc. (C&R) are pleased to announce the donation of multiple license seats of C&R thermal design software to universities participating in the Air Force Research Laboratory, Space Vehicles Directorate (AFRL/VS) sponsored University Nanosat program for undergraduate and graduate students.
Ms Charlotte Gerhart of AFRL/VS says the donation of the software to the various teams is key to the success of the student designs. "The opportunity for the students to gain hands-on experience designing and analyzing their own satellite not only gives them insight into the effect of some early design choices on the operation of their experiment in space, but also provides exposure to industry-standard tools that they could use in the professional workforce."
Gerhart says the ease and robustness of C&R software (SINDA/FLUINT, Thermal Desktop®, RadCAD®, and FloCAD®) to perform analyses and trade studies for the orbital thermal environment along with the fact that the SINDA format is the accepted industry standard for this type of analysis were the primary reasons for soliciting the partnership with C&R. "The C&R technical staff has always been extremely responsive and helpful with my own analysis questions, and this characteristic is critical when working with students. We want them to have a positive learning experience with the whole Nanosat program and that includes being able to perform accurate simulations for analyses in a very short period of time."
The universities participating in the University Nanosat program include Pennsylvania State University, Arizona State University, University of Colorado at Boulder, Michigan Technological University, Montana State University, New Mexico State University, Taylor University, University of Hawaii at Manoa, University of Michigan, Utah State University, University of Texas at Austin, Washington University in St. Louis, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
"We are pleased to be able to help this worthwhile program succeed, and we welcome the chance to work with both new engineers and new technologies," said Ms Cindy Beer of C&R Technologies. "Fresh problems and fresh perspectives will help us make the next generation of tools for mechanical engineers even better."

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