A general simulator using state estimation for a space tug navigation system
Abstract
A general simulation program is presented (GSP) involving nonlinear state estimation for space vehicle flight navigation systems. A complete explanation of the iterative guidance mode guidance law, derivation of the dynamics, coordinate frames, and state estimation routines are given so as to fully clarify the assumptions and approximations involved so that simulation results can be placed in their proper perspective. A complete set of computer acronyms and their definitions as well as explanations of the subroutines used in the GSP simulator are included. To facilitate input/output, a complete set of compatable numbers, with units, are included to aid in data development. Format specifications, output data phrase meanings and purposes, and computer card data input are clearly spelled out. A large number of simulation and analytical studies were used to determine the validity of the simulator itself as well as various data runs.
 Publication:

NASA STI/Recon Technical Report N
 Pub Date:
 November 1975
 Bibcode:
 1975STIN...7612096B
 Keywords:

 Computerized Simulation;
 Flight Mechanics;
 Orbital Position Estimation;
 Space Navigation;
 Space Tugs;
 State Estimation;
 Flight Optimization;
 Flight Simulation;
 Flow Charts;
 Matrices (Mathematics);
 Printouts;
 Spacecraft Guidance;
 Subroutines;
 Trajectory Analysis;
 Astrodynamics