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An innovative low-cost spacecraft controls development environment
Author(s): William Uhl; Vivek Moudgal; Zach Lott; Santhosh Jogi
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Paper Abstract

The advent of powerful Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) real-time hardware and significant advances in dynamic modeling and simulation software, combined with strides in cost-efficient virtual instrumentation and animation tools, provides the means for development of innovative low cost spacecraft control solutions. In this paper we develop hardware and software system architectures for a flexible simulator which can function as a powerful platform for research, education and testing. The objective is to provide a basic system configuration that is modular and can be easily reconfigured to meet several different requirements, thus providing a single platform for different phases of the design and development process. The use of graphical modeling and automatic code generation tools that are tightly integrated with the hardware ensures rapid software reconfiguration. The paper also discusses two applications that have taken advatage of this architecture.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 August 2003
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5088, Space Systems Technology and Operations, (5 August 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.498808
Show Author Affiliations
William Uhl, dSPACE, Inc. (United States)
Vivek Moudgal, dSPACE, Inc. (United States)
Zach Lott, dSPACE, Inc. (United States)
Santhosh Jogi, dSPACE, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5088:
Space Systems Technology and Operations
Peter Tchoryk; James Shoemaker, Editor(s)

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