Ortega, Guillermo and Laurel, Chris and Erb, Sven and Lopez, Carlos and Bueskens, Christof and Mooij, Erwin and Klees, Roland and Lau, Fernando J. P. and Gil, Paulo J. S. and Fliege, Joerg and Giron Sierra, Jose M. and Vicente, Luis N. and Burchell, Mark and Ruckmann, Jan J. and Gerdts, Matthias and Lavagna, Michèle and Martínez Rodríguez-Osorio, Ramón and González Cinca, Ricard and Escudier, Bénédicte and Valero Sánchez, Eusebio and Ozan Asma, Cem
STA, the Space Trajectory Analysis Project.
In: "4th International Conference on Astrodynamics Tools and Techniques", 03/05/2010 - 06/05/2010, Madrid, España.
This article describes the objectives of the Space Trajectory Analysis (STA) project. The article also details the birth of STA, and its present configuration. STA is a project to develop an open source astrodynamics software suite involving university science departments and space research institutions. It was initiated by ESA as internal activity in 2005 and now it involves 16 partners. The article explains the partnership into the STA Steering Board. The main purpose of the STA is to allow advanced simulation for the analysis of space trajectories in an open and free environment under the premises of innovation and reliability.Further, the article explains that the STA development is open source and is based on the state of the art astrodynamics routines that are grouped into modules. Finally, the article concludes about the benefits of the STA initiative: the STA project allows a strong link among applied mathematics, space engineering, and informatics disciplines by reinforcing the academic community with requirements and needs coming from real missions.