Accession Number : ADA303438

Title :   A Graphical User Interface for POST (The Program to Optimize Simulated Trajectories).

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s) : Nash, David D.

PDF Url : ADA303438

Report Date : JUN 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 127

Abstract : The analysis and optimization of trajectories for aerospace vehicles has been extensively conducted by many government agencies using the Program to Optimize Simulated Trajectories (POST). The versatility of this program is made possible by its generalized planet and vehicle models, use of equality and inequality constraints, and multiple phase simulation capabilities. Unfortunately, it takes a "rocket scientist" to effectively use this program. For those who wish to have the power of this program without having to learn the required POST language, a Graphical User Interface (GUI) is necessary. The GUI supports all the features of POST by offering the user selection windows that change depending on previous selections. An editable display window is the central portion of the GUI. As each selection is made from the event icons, the corresponding POST commands appear in the display window. This gives the experienced user the ability to switch between the new interface and the old file entry methods, and acquaints the new user with the POST file entry method. Once all selections are made the file can then be read by POST and the output used for analysis and visualization.

Descriptors :   *COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION, *INTERACTIVE GRAPHICS, MATHEMATICAL MODELS, OPTIMIZATION, DATA MANAGEMENT, COMPUTER AIDED DESIGN, COMPUTER PROGRAMMING, THESES, INPUT OUTPUT PROCESSING, THREE DIMENSIONAL, FORTRAN, NUMERICAL INTEGRATION, AEROSPACE CRAFT, COMPUTER GRAPHICS, GRAVITY, DATA DISPLAYS, COMPUTER FILES, COMPILERS, ATMOSPHERE MODELS, USER FRIENDLY, AERODYNAMICS, SIMULATION LANGUAGES, TRANSFER TRAJECTORIES, C PROGRAMMING LANGUAGE.

Subject Categories : Computer Programming and Software
      Spacecraft Trajectories and Reentry

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE