Workshop: Deploying Smart Simulation Technologies for Robust & Cost-efficient Satellites

Tuesday 28th March, 2023 | Harwell Campus, Oxfordshire

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Satellite designers, manufacturers and suppliers face an increasingly challenging and competitive market. Products need to be smart, lightweight, affordable, reliable and robust enough to withstand launch, deployment and operation in harsh conditions. Digital design and AI technologies, enabled by increasingly accessible high-performance computing (HPC) solutions, are helping to meet these challenges, while enabling engineers to take full advantage of advanced materials and manufacturing technologies.

This free to attend workshop provides an opportunity to see the latest simulation and AI technologies being deployed by space and satellite design teams today; featuring a mix of practical insights from leading satellite manufacturers, along with simulation best practices and demonstrations from Altair’s own technical specialists.

With examples ranging from the combination of intelligent simulation technologies and additive manufacturing to minimise component weight, to methodologies to extend operating life and optimise electromagnetic performance, this event provides an excellent opportunity to learn from your peers in the space and satellite industry.

Why Should You Attend?

  • See the latest design and simulation technologies being deployed to develop innovative satellite solutions
  • Learn practical examples that can be brought back to your workplace
  • Network with other members of the UK satellite and spacecraft design community
  • Get a free trial of the structural and electromagnetics simulation technologies showcased during the day
  • Complimentary lunch and refreshments included

Speakers Include:

Frank Schoofs

Frank Schoofs

Senior Space Energy Development Engineer

Satellite Applications Catapult

Swapnil Kulkarni

Swapnil Kulkarni

Principal Application Engineer


Ivan Nikulin  400x400

Ivan Nikulin

Application Engineer



Agenda subject to change

10:00 Welcome and Introduction
Jamie Yeomans, Account Manager
   Session I: Electromagnetics, Electronics and Multidisciplinary Optimisation
10:15 Enhancing Space Communication with Electromagnetic Simulation
Swapnil Kulkarni, Principal Application Engineer

Antenna Design and Optimisation, inc. Applications for Machine Learning
Optimising Antenna Placement
Enhancing Communication Performance - Satellite to Satellite / Satellite to Earth

10:45 Delivering Space-Based Solar Power at Pace: A Digital-First Approach
Frank Schoofs, Senior Space Energy Development Engineer
Satellite Applications Catapult 

Creating innovative space-based solar power solutions
● Utilising a radical, digital-first approach for development

● Combining best-in-class technologies and learnings from different sector

11:10 Combined Thermal and Structural Design of Satellite PCBs
Swapnil Kulkarni, Principal Application Engineer

Using Simulation for Thermal Management of PCBs
Developing Efficient Battery Management Systems for Satellites
Power Supply Design Including EMI/EMC for Power Convertors

11:40 Coffee Break & Networking
  Session II: Structural Analysis, Optimisation and Rapid Design Exploration
12:00 Live Demonstration: Developing Performance Optimised Satellites with Easy-to-Use Simulation Solutions
Ivan Nikulin, Applications Engineer

● How to Rapidly Analyse and Explore Your Designs in Just a Few Seconds
● How to Minimise Component Weight through Optimisation
How to Design for Additive Manufacturing

12:40 Maximising the Potential of Additive Manufacturing - with Examples from RUAG Space, Thales Alenia Space and Surrey Satellites 
David Reid, Account Manager 

● RUAG Space - 3D Printed Antenna Support Bracket
● Thales Alenia Space – Reducing Component Mass by 40%
● Surrey Satellites – Achieving 1.7kg Part Mass Reduction

13:00 Summary and Close
David Reid, Account Manager
13:10 Lunch & Networking





Satellite Applications Catapult
Electron Building
Fermi Avenue
Harwell Campus
OX11 0QR

This workshop is free to attend but spaces are limited. Please register to reserve your space.