Physics-based modeling and simulation of planetary missions at JPL
At 03:00 p.m. Ground floor, meeting room - CSHR (IIT), Corso Trento 21, 10129 Torino
JPL's DARTS Lab (Dynamics and Real Time Simulation Lab) provides several multi-mission space system simulation tools for the closed-loop development and testing of flight algorithms and software.
DARTS meets critical mission needs throughout the spacecraft design, test and verification and operations phases of missions. It allows the use of high-fidelity dynamics models for elements of a spacecraft system, without sacrificing simulation speed, enabling more reliable flight software design and testing, reduced development costs and reduced mission risks.
The DARTS simulator is based upon state-of-the-art computational algorithms from the Spatial Operator Algebra mathematical framework for multibody dynamics. The Spatial Operator Algebra is a mathematical approach for modeling the dynamical behavior of complex, articulated collections of bodies interacting with each other in free-space or in contact with the environment. This talk describes the various elements of this simulation framework, as well as several recent applications in different physical domains.