Our engineers, with your help, will develop simulation software to support interplanetary space research, both cis-lunar and trans-lunar in scope. This includes software embedded in satellites to track dinosaur-killer asteroids, etc.
We are using an extant NASA Open Source Orbital Trajectory Simulation System (GMAT) for our analysis. We will upgrade it as necessary.
This is an opportunity for professional coders as well as interns to extend their skill-sets to include aerospace engineering.
We will be meeting online via Zoom. If you have trouble linking, you can get the Hangouts URL by emailing to me here:
Firstly: Our meetings are Design Reviews. Each member describes their progress to date on the tasks assigned at the prior meeting. We then determine the next steps, and assign new tasks. If you join us, please expect to work on assignments between meetings.
Aerospace, Mechanical, and Astronautical engineers as well as Python Coders, Digital Artists and Software Engineers, are invited to join us along with other experienced engineers and scientists to build and release a cutting edge aerospace open source software package.
The new simulation system will incrementally create animated visualizations and demo simulations for crowdfunding and user education.
We have identified an open source orbital trajectory system, the NASA General Mission Analysis Tool (GMAT), for our space flight simulation and visualization. The package is free, open source, accurate, and tutorial videos are available on YouTube. We will be adding Python apps which we can discuss in upcoming meetings.
I recommend that interested participants examine the wealth of online documentation. You can also download and install the binaries, and follow the video tutorials. Executable binaries, source and documentation are available from here:
• The primary purpose of this meeting shall be to meet and greet our new members, and to discuss mission objectives.
• Following introductions, we will discuss the GMAT simulation system and associated tasks. Since this will be a working meeting. Please take the time to checkout GMAT, above, prior to the next meeting.
• We shall discuss implementation of Python plugins for the NASA GMAT software, and crew allocation.
• We also need help in the creation of animations of the proposed mission operations. Specifically we need M.E. expertise to refine CAD models of the spacecraft, aerospace and astrodynamics expertise to optimize transfer orbits and trajectories, and software expertise in the simulation domain, specifically Python.