- Selected by NASA as one of three industry partners for development of robotic lunar landing capability under the Lunar CATALYST program
- Established itself as the leading Google Lunar XPRIZE team and was selected for three out of three Milestone prizes, largely on strength of its technology development progress
- Developed variety of robots for space-related uses
- Attracted 18 NASA contracts to date for space robotics development
Robotics pioneer and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) Professor William L. "Red" Whittaker founded Astrobotic Technology, Inc., to win the $20 million Google Lunar XPRIZE and launch a robotics industry in space. In addition to trying to become the first team to safely land a robot on the moon; travel 500 meters across its surface; and transmit images, video, and data back to Earth, Astrobotic is committed to making space-based robots a sustainable business. To achieve these goals, the company needed an efficient design platform with robust visualization, communication, and manufacturing capabilities.
Astrobotic chose SOLIDWORKS® Professional software because it met these requirements, integrates directly with MasterCAM® machining software, and is the primary CAD package used at CMU, from which all of the company’s staff has come. Using SOLIDWORKS, Astrobotic has established itself as the leading Google Lunar XPRIZE team, developed systems for its October 2015 lunar launch, attracted additional robotics contracts, and developed robots for other space-related uses.
Products(s) Used: SolidWorks Professional
Benefit: Value, Results, Power, Collaboration, Implementation, Career Advancement, Focus on Design, Design Better Products, Total Cost of Ownership, Innovation, Advanced Modeling, Large Assemblies, Photorealistic Renderings
VAR: Prism Engineering