The last time humans walked on the Moon, the field of high-performance computing was in its infancy. As NASA’s Artemis program aims to send people back to the lunar surface as early as 2025, HPCMP and its leading-edge suite of tools aided the program as it prepared the November 16, 2022 launch of Artemis I.

HPCMP’s high-fidelity CREATE software was used as part of the Space Launch System’s aerodynamic databases related to loads, guidance, navigation, and control systems. This work supplemented the wind tunnel data collected in earlier testing phases and helps mitigate risks during the Artemis lift-off and transition, a period with strong and highly variable aerodynamic forces.

Congratulations to NASA. It’s an exciting time in space flight, and the HPCMP is thrilled to be a part of it!