Assessing and enhancing multi-spacecraft mission simulation and visualisation


Project Leaders: Professor Christopher Fluke, Swinburne University of Technology

Participants: Swinburne University of Technology

Astrodynamical simulations provide a crucial input to space mission planning
and operations. Interactive visualisation of mission configurations, particularly
for multi-spacecraft constellations or formation-flying scenarios, plays an
important role in both understanding options and communicating outcomes to a
variety of end users or audiences.

This project will investigate current state-of-the-art software for mission
simulation and visualisation. This includes an evaluation of a suite of
commercial and open-source options, considering both quantitative metrics
(performance benchmarks, accuracy of orbital calculations) and qualitative
factors (usability, flexibility, licensing costs and platforms for delivery).

The outcomes will comprise improved understanding of the suitability of
astrodynamics simulation and visualisation software (shared as a white paper
and/or research publication), identification of new opportunities for research and
development, and improved understanding of the needs of end users from
various SmartSat partners with the goal of advancing Australia’s capabilities in
mission simulation, operations, and space situational awareness activities.