TUCSON, Ariz. — Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) received Aviation Week magazine’s 2017 Program Excellence award in the Special Projects category for its Immersive Design Center, which features the CAVE virtual environment.
Raytheon’s CAVE allows cross-functional teams of design and manufacturing experts to immerse themselves in virtual reality environments. Teams can collaborate on risk and cost reduction solutions for design challenges using 3-D versions of structures and parts that can be manipulated in real time. Raytheon has located CAVEs at several of its sites, and has significantly reduced design cycle times and cost through the use of the advanced systems.
The Program Excellence awards honor global aerospace and defense programs and projects, their leaders and their teams for going beyond meeting requirements to exemplify the best in value creation, leadership, adapting to complexity and executing with excellence.
“Our Immersive Design Center has transformed the way we design and manufacture,” said Allen Couture, Raytheon Missile Systems Operations vice president. “We are maturing our designs earlier in the process, allowing us to reduce cost and risk to programs.”
Developed in 2004, the Aviation Week Program Excellence Awards were created in response to repeated concerns about the complexity and difficulty associated with managing and leading the aerospace and defense programs that are the foundation of the industry.