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Set of tools for Flight Dynamics Mission Analysis

By Alain Lamy, CNES

Flight Dynamics mission analysis implies (at least) two kinds of activities:

  • The use of existing and validated software for recurrent and everyday questions,
  • The development of new tools (or the adaptation of existing ones) in order to solve new problems.

Managing reference software while enabling a high level of flexibility in the way they can be reused or modified has proved not easy at all in practice. 

A solution based on Scilab has been developed. The presentation will explain the underlying principles that drive the solution and will demonstrate its effectiveness through typical examples.