July 28, 2022
With Ansys Orbit Determination Tool Kit (ODTK), you can process a wide variety of traditional and nontraditional measurements using a state-of-the-art optimal sequential filter and matched smoother to generate orbits with realistic covariance. Ansys ODTK 2022 R2 (ODTK 7.5) introduces a variety of features to enable analyses focused on deep space missions, surface vehicle positioning, and parent/child satellite deployment, and also includes examples of containerized ODTK within the Linux environment.
ODTK 2022 R2 marks the first time moving vehicles can be modeled in ODTK without an underlying force model. To facilitate the tracking of vehicles subject to unknown changes in direction, we’ve introduced a near-constant velocity stochastic motion model that opens the door for more complex models in subsequent releases. Applications for this feature include GPS-based navigation on a car, ship navigation based on satellite measurements, and rover navigation on any planetary body.
Many deep space missions involve orbiting bodies with gravitational parameters that have significant levels of uncertainty. This is especially prevalent in missions orbiting asteroids or smaller celestial bodies. This feature enables you to add the gravitational parameter for any non-Earth central body into the estimation state space and solve for adjustments to the mass of the body.
Within ODTK 2022 R2, you can now simulate the deployment of a child satellite from its parent via an impulsive separation mechanism. During estimation, child satellites are initialized to establish the proper cross-correlations in the error covariance of the multisatellite estimation state, before propagating as an independent object in the filter. The Delta V associated with this deployment is modeled and affects both the parent and child satellite orbits.
Most deep space missions receive ephemeris in the form of SPICE files. ODTK now can ingest SPICE ephemeris and SPICE attitude data. This is relevant for any form of analysis where the movement of the satellite’s instruments or antennas about the center of gravity are considered.
Examples of containerization with ODTK will now be provided with the ODTK installation media. The supported interfaces are Jupyter Notebooks, Python, and Web Services. Instructions and examples for building Linux containers using ODTK runtime will be included in the ODTK install.