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Plyades: A Python Library for Space Mission Design

Eichhorn, Helge and Anderl, Reiner (2016):
Plyades: A Python Library for Space Mission Design.
In: Proceedings of the 8th European Conference on Python in Science (EuroSciPy 2015), pp. 9-12, [Online-Edition: http://arxiv.org/abs/1607.00849#],
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Abstract

Designing a space mission is a computation-heavy task. Software tools that conduct the necessary numerical simulations and optimizations are therefore indispensable. The usability of existing software, written in Fortran and MATLAB, suffers because of high complexity, low levels of abstraction and outdated programming practices. We propose Python as a viable alternative for astrodynamics tools and demonstrate the proof-of-concept library Plyades which combines powerful features with Pythonic ease of use.

Item Type: Article
Erschienen: 2016
Creators: Eichhorn, Helge and Anderl, Reiner
Title: Plyades: A Python Library for Space Mission Design
Language: English
Abstract:

Designing a space mission is a computation-heavy task. Software tools that conduct the necessary numerical simulations and optimizations are therefore indispensable. The usability of existing software, written in Fortran and MATLAB, suffers because of high complexity, low levels of abstraction and outdated programming practices. We propose Python as a viable alternative for astrodynamics tools and demonstrate the proof-of-concept library Plyades which combines powerful features with Pythonic ease of use.

Journal or Publication Title: Proceedings of the 8th European Conference on Python in Science (EuroSciPy 2015)
Uncontrolled Keywords: python, astrodynamics, orbital mechanics, scientific programming
Divisions: 16 Department of Mechanical Engineering > Department of Computer Integrated Design (DiK)
16 Department of Mechanical Engineering
Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2016 12:52
Official URL: http://arxiv.org/abs/1607.00849#
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