NASA GMAT: Space Mission Design for Everyone

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The General Mission Analysis Tool (GMAT) is an open source space mission design and analysis tool that is being developed and used by engineers at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.

In development since 2005, the GMAT team is finalizing its release plans, and will be releasing its first non-beta version later this year. It will also soon begin operational certification for mission-critical use as a replacement for GSFC’s current closed-source design tools.

GMAT is part of an open source ecosystem at GSFC that includes both research-level and operational-level software. This talk will focus on the GMAT tool itself, including:

1. What is mission design, and how do we do it?

2. The GMAT software: design and implementation

3. Testing and certification

4. Release processes and schedule

5. The future: integration, outreach, usage at NASA and beyond

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Joel Parker

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Joel is a flight dynamics engineer in the Navigation and Mission Design Branch at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. He has been an integral member of the GMAT development team since January 2010, focusing on validation testing, documentation, and new feature development.

Joel graduated with a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering from Mississippi State University. His research interests include astrodynamics, space mission design, and engineering software.

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Casper Bodewitz
07/28/2011 12:30pm PDT

Very informative session. Hopefully we’ll see more open source to further space xploration.