NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) adopts MapleSoft solutions

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NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is implementing Maple, MapleSim and MapleNet to enhance modelling and simulation in its various space exploration projects. Built within a natively symbolic framework, Maplesoft solutions avoid some of the worst sources of error and computational inefficiencies generated by traditional, numeric-based tools, making them suited towards precision-rich projects such as those of JPL.

In addition to using Maple for advanced mathematical analysis, JPL will use MapleSim, Maplesoft’s high-performance physical modelling and simulation platform, as a key tool in its engineering workflow. MapleSim works in combination with Maple. It accesses Maple’s symbolic computation technology to efficiently handle all of the complex mathematics involved in the development of engineering models, including multi-domain systems, multi-body systems, plant modelling and control design.

Maplesoft technology is also being used in other space robotics research. Dr Amir Khajepour, Canada Research Chair in Mechatronic Vehicle Systems and Professor of Engineering in the Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering department at the University of Waterloo, is working with the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) to develop a full solution for the power management system of autonomous rovers. His team is using MapleSim to rapidly develop high fidelity, multi-domain models of the rover subsystems.

The Maplesoft product range is supplied and supported by Adept Scientific in the UK, Ireland, Scandinavia and the Nordic countries.