Release 2011a Beta

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the General Mission Analysis Tool (GMAT) Release 2011a Beta.

GMAT is a space trajectory optimization and mission analysis system developed by NASA and private industry in the spirit of the NASA Vision. GMAT is a collaboratively developed, open-source tool that enables the development of new mission concepts and provides capabilities that can improve current mission support. The system has been used in support of the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS), ARTEMIS (Acceleration, Reconnection, Turbulence and Electrodynamics of the Moon’s Interaction with the Sun) , Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) and the Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) Mission. GMAT’s state of the art features include high fidelity orbit propagation, impulsive and finite maneuver models, parameter optimization solvers, boundary solvers, MATLAB integration, command line and GUI interfaces, 2-D and 3D graphics, custom scripting and plug-ins, among many others and it provides these features in a transparent and verifiable way through release of source code.

This release was developed with contributions by AFRL, Thinking Systems, Inc., The Schafer Corporation, and a.i.-solutions, Inc. GMAT is offered free of charge to use, modify, and share as described under the terms of the NASA Open Source Agreement v1.3. GMAT runs on Windows, Mac, and Linux. While GMAT has undergone extensive testing and is mature software, we consider the software to be in Beta form (alpha on Mac and Linux). The GMAT team is currently preparing GMAT for operational use and is investigating orbit estimation functionality to replace GSFC heritage OD systems.

Posted by Steven Hughes 2011-05-05