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06 October 2009

VISTAGY’s FiberSIM® Software Reduces Time “From Art to Part” by Over 70% on the SpaceX Dragon Spacecraft

WALTHAM, Mass., (USA), October 6, 2009 — VISTAGY, Inc., a leading provider of industry-specific engineering software and services, today announced that Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX), a premier developer of launch vehicles and spacecraft for government and commercial use, has purchased VISTAGY’s FiberSIM® software to reduce the design time and enhance the efficiency of the composites development process for the Dragon spacecraft. NASA has selected the Dragon spacecraft in conjunction with the Falcon 9 launch vehicle to provide reliable and efficient transport of cargo and potentially crew to the International Space Station (ISS) and other low Earth orbit (LEO) destinations. SpaceX is targeting late 2009 for the inaugural launch of Falcon 9.

FiberSIM is being used to develop production fiber placement diagrams and laser projection files. It will be used to assist with actual fiber placement for the spacecraft’s thermal protection system, including the heat shield, exterior panels and insulating layers on the rocket and spacecraft, and several panels around the engines. The software is used from the outset on all new composites projects and has enabled SpaceX to reduce the design-to-manufacturing time on composite parts—such as the 5 meter fairing boattail panel—from seven to two days.

“Time is always of the essence so FiberSIM’s proven ability to take us from art to part so rapidly was a critical consideration in our decision to purchase the software,” said Chris Thompson, vice president of structures engineering for SpaceX. “But it is about more than just speed.

“FiberSIM improves product quality by providing accurate engineering information to the manufacturing floor, which also helps the repeatability of the manufacturing process. This assures that parts fit when they come off the tool. It also provides a great tie-in with our laser projection system.”

“We’re pleased to partner with SpaceX to apply FiberSIM to cutting-edge composite design and manufacturing techniques for space travel,” said John O’Connor, VISTAGY’s director of product and market strategy for space. “Working together we can help SpaceX achieve its objectives of reducing the cost and enhancing the reliability of space access by improving the efficiency and productivity of the overall composites development process.”

About VISTAGY, Inc.

VISTAGY, Inc. is a leading global provider of engineering software and consulting services that optimize product development processes by enhancing the functionality of commercial 3D CAD systems. For almost 20 years, VISTAGY has been a pioneer in providing industry-specific solutions that capture complete virtual product definitions and facilitate automatic reuse and efficient exchange of engineering information across the enterprise and supply chain. VISTAGY solutions help customers deliver robust products on time and on budget by increasing productivity, improving communication throughout the product lifecycle and enabling better-informed decision-making early in the design process. The company's customers include over 200 of the world's leading manufacturers in the aerospace, automotive, transportation interiors and wind energy industries. VISTAGY is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts, USA and can be reached at +1.781.250.6800 or by visiting www.vistagy.com.

This press release was published by Vistagy, Inc. prior to Siemens PLM Software acquiring the company on December 6, 2011.

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