What we're about

With the advent of the CubeSat, the cost of building and launching satellites has come down by a factor of 1,000, enough to be within the reach of small groups. This is a repeat of the PC phenomena in the 1970's and the Internet in the 1990's: a low barrier to entry and a huge payoff for the successful techno-entrepreneur. Our first step in participating in this New Space Revolution is to create Open Source software tools to support a cislunar infrastructure.

The first tool is an Open Source Simulation Software package to help Professional, Hobbyist, and Student Spacecraft and Satellite Mission Planners test and explore their proposed mission trajectories. Due to its success on past missions, we have chosen to upgrade the NASA GMAT trajectory simulation software for use by students and hobbyists as well as the SmallSat industry.

We are the SmallSats Crew, a group of serious volunteer Engineers & Scientists engaged in designing and developing this software for small satellites such as CubeSats - i.e. smallSats, chipSats, pocketSats, miniSats, microSats, nanoSats, or picoSats, etc. for most any purpose from Gamification to Experimentation, from Education to Defense, from NEO Detection to "Dinosaur Killer" Mitigation.

For neophytes, this is a good YouTube introduction:

CubeSats - An Introduction (DigitalSats) - YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?&v=50_AntgK8ZA)

More comprehensive information about NASA's GMAT is available here:

GMAT - Confluence (atlassian.net) (https://gmat.atlassian.net/wiki/spaces/GMT/overview)

Come along, the universe awaits, ...

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Upcoming events (4+)

Flight Simulation Software (FSW) Design & Development.

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Our Mission:
We are upgrading a NASA Open Source Orbital Trajectory Simulation System (GMAT) to include a Spacecraft Attitude simulation capability.
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. MeetUp is not online MeetUp friendly. If you have trouble linking, you can get the Hangouts URL by emailing to me here:
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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.

Help Wanted:
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.

About GMAT:
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:
http://gmatcentral.org

MeetUp Agenda:
• 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.

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Flight Simulation Software (FSW) Design & Development.

Location visible to members

Our Mission:
We are upgrading a NASA Open Source Orbital Trajectory Simulation System (GMAT) to include a Spacecraft Attitude simulation capability.
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. MeetUp is not online MeetUp friendly. If you have trouble linking, you can get the Hangouts URL by emailing to me here:
[masked]

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.

Help Wanted:
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.

About GMAT:
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:
http://gmatcentral.org

MeetUp Agenda:
• 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.

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Flight Simulation Software (FSW) Design & Development.

Location visible to members

Our Mission:
We are upgrading a NASA Open Source Orbital Trajectory Simulation System (GMAT) to include a Spacecraft Attitude simulation capability.
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. MeetUp is not online MeetUp friendly. If you have trouble linking, you can get the Hangouts URL by emailing to me here:
[masked]

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.

Help Wanted:
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.

About GMAT:
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:
http://gmatcentral.org

MeetUp Agenda:
• 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.

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Flight Simulation Software (FSW) Design & Development.

Location visible to members

Our Mission:
We are upgrading a NASA Open Source Orbital Trajectory Simulation System (GMAT) to include a Spacecraft Attitude simulation capability.
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. MeetUp is not online MeetUp friendly. If you have trouble linking, you can get the Hangouts URL by emailing to me here:
[masked]

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.

Help Wanted:
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.

About GMAT:
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:
http://gmatcentral.org

MeetUp Agenda:
• 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.

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