A mission analysis software for small satellites

Koprücü, Salih Ulaş
Özçelik, Salih Abdullah
Altunay, Şulenur
Yağlıoğlu, Burak
Tekinalp, Ozan
In this paper, a mission analysis software is described for LEO small satellites which is developed by students participating in the APSCO (Asia-Pacific Space Cooperation Organization) Student Small Satellite (SSS) project. The software currently includes several functionalities such as orbit propagation with the options of SGP4 and numerical integration as well as calculation of groundtracks, eclipse durations, solar and albedo fluxes on the satellite panels, communication intervals, imaging opportunities and parameters specific to satellite modes. The results of the most functions are compared and verified with General Mission Analysis Tool (GMAT). For the further analysis, it is considered to include specific attitude profiles, and thermal analysis capabilities. It is aimed that this work would a baseline for a highly capable mission analysis software which can be used by universities and research institution for the design, analysis and operations of LEO small satellites.
Citation Formats
S. U. Koprücü, S. A. Özçelik, Ş. Altunay, B. Yağlıoğlu, and O. Tekinalp, “A mission analysis software for small satellites,” presented at the 10th Ankara International Aerospace Conference (18-20 September 2019), Ankara TURKEY, 2019, Accessed: 00, 2021. [Online]. Available: http://aiac.ae.metu.edu.tr/paper.php?No=AIAC-2019-180.