What was once viewed as an exploratory technology, augmented reality (AR) has evolved into a valuable facet for the Lockheed Martin Space team tasked with manufacturing some of today’s most advanced spacecraft including NASA’s Orion.
Hear a case study from leaders at Lockheed Martin and Scope AR on how AR is not only being used to build spacecraft, but improve the accuracy, efficiency, and quality with which they’re built. They will share how AR is being used in Lockheed Martin’s manufacturing processes, and present the eye-opening ROI they’re seeing, from improving worker efficiency on the manufacturing floor by reducing the time it takes to interpret work instructions, to reducing training time and errors significantly. The session will explore what upcoming technology will impact the future of AR in space manufacturing programs, as well as the expanded applications the team is evaluating for future deployment.
- Describe how AR is being used to build spacecraft more efficiently and accurately
- Explain how AR development platforms evolved so that all levels, from summer interns to advanced mechanical engineers can build AR scenarios quickly and efficiently
- Summarize what upcoming AR features and elements will further impact spacecraft development
Why Is It Important?
We’re now at the point where enterprises that were early adopters of Augmented Reality (AR) are seeing impactful business metrics from deploying the technology within their workforces. AR is quickly evolving from an exploratory technology to a must-have for those enterprises that have adopted and implemented the technology within their manufacturing programs. As most aerospace leaders know, there is little opportunity to modify or maintain a spacecraft once it’s launched, so manufacturing teams must operate with extreme precision. A single error – something as small as drilling in the wrong location on a spacecraft structure – could mean tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of dollars to resolve the error. Leveraging AR work instructions, the Lockheed Martin Space team is not only more efficient, but they’re improving the accuracy and quality with which spacecraft are built. As many Fortune 500 companies have moved AR usage from pilot stage to full implementation, it’s a critical point in time for anyone considering AR to learn how it may positively impact their organization.