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Being "lost" is an exemplar of imperfect Situation Awareness/Situation Understanding (SA/SU) -- information/knowledge that is uncertain, incomplete, and/or just wrong. Being "lost" may be a geo-spatial condition - not knowing/being wrong about where to go or how to get there. More broadly, being "lost" can serve as a metaphor for uncertainty and/or inaccuracy - not knowing/being wrong about how one fits into a larger world view, what one wants to do, or how to do...
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Topics: NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS), SECURITY, VIRTUAL REALITY, COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION, TRAINING...
How to integrate simulation-based engineering and science (SBES) into the science curriculum smoothly is a challenging question. For the importance of SBES to be appreciated, the core value of simulations-that they help people understand natural phenomena and solve engineering problems-must be taught. A strategy to achieve this goal is to introduce computational experiments to the science curriculum to replace or supplement textbook illustrations and exercises and to complement or frame...
Topics: NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS), EDUCATION, COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION, ENGINEERING, EXPERIMENT...
The purpose of this paper is to look for links in a virtual trainee's interest and self-efficacy in a simulated event as it relates to their previous self-reported technical skill level. Ultimately, the idea would be to provide the right amount of support at the right place at the right time to set the conditions for maximum transfer of the skill sets to the work place. An anecdotal recap of a recent experiment of a medium-scale training event produced in a virtual world will provide examples...
Topics: NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS), VIRTUAL REALITY, EDUCATION, COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION, TEAMS,...
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Topics: NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS), COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION, AIRFRAMES, ICE FORMATION, SCANNERS,...
Yttria-stabilized zirconia s high oxygen diffusivity and corresponding high ionic conductivity, and its structural stability over a broad range of temperatures, have made the material of interest for use in a number of applications, for example, as solid electrolytes in fuel cells. At low concentrations, the stabilizing yttria also serves to increase the oxygen diffusivity through the presence of corresponding oxygen vacancies, needed to maintain charge neutrality. At higher yttria...
Topics: NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS), DIFFUSIVITY, MONTE CARLO METHOD, OXYGEN, YTTRIA-STABILIZED...
This presentation for the Fundamental Aeronautics Program Technical Conference covers the benefits of active structural control, related research areas, and focuses on the use of optimal control allocation for the prevention of critical loads. Active control of lightweight structures has the potential to reduce aircraft weight and fuel burn. Sensor, control law, materials, control effector, and system level research will be necessary to enable active control of lightweight structures. Optimal...
Topics: NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS), LIGHT AIRCRAFT, AEROELASTICITY, ACTIVE CONTROL, CRITICAL...
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A formulation is proposed for hybrid LES-RANS computations that permits accurate computations during resolution changes, so that resolution may be changed at will in order to employ only as much resolution in each subdomain as is required by the physics. The two components of this formulation, establishing the accuracy of a hybrid model at constant resolutions throughout the RANS-to-LES range and maintaining that accuracy when resolution is varied, are demonstrated for decaying, homogeneous,...
Topics: NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS), LARGE EDDY SIMULATION, REYNOLDS AVERAGING, NAVIER-STOKES...
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Ndarts software provides algorithms for computing quantities associated with the dynamics of articulated, rigid-link, multibody systems. It is designed as a general-purpose dynamics library that can be used for the modeling of robotic platforms, space vehicles, molecular dynamics, and other such applications. The architecture and algorithms in Ndarts are based on the Spatial Operator Algebra (SOA) theory for computational multibody and robot dynamics developed at JPL. It uses minimal, internal...
Topics: NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS), COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION, COMPUTER PROGRAMS, CONTROL...
Executable Architectures allow the evaluation of system architectures not only regarding their static, but also their dynamic behavior. However, the systems engineering community do not agree on a common formal specification of executable architectures. To close this gap and identify necessary elements of an executable architecture, a modeling language, and a modeling formalism is topic of ongoing PhD research. In addition, systems are generally defined and applied in an operational context to...
Topics: NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS), FORMALISM, ARCHITECTURE (COMPUTERS), COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION,...
Simulations are essential for engineering design. These virtual realities provide characteristic data to scientists and engineers in order to understand the details and complications of the desired mission. A standard development simulation package known as Trick is used in developing a source code to model a component (federate in HLA terms). The runtime executive is integrated into an HLA based distributed simulation. TrickHLA is used to extend a Trick simulation for a federation execution,...
Topics: NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS), COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION, INTEROPERABILITY, SYSTEMS...
Advanced simulation tools and measurement techniques have been developed to study the dynamic magnetosphere and its response to drivers in the solar wind. The Comprehensive Ring Current Model (CRCM) is a kinetic code that solves the 3D distribution in space, energy and pitch-angle information of energetic ions and electrons. Energetic Neutral Atom (ENA) imagers have been carried in past and current satellite missions. Global morphology of energetic ions were revealed by the observed ENA images....
Topics: NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS), COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION, IMAGING TECHNIQUES, MAGNETIC STORMS,...
The NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) provides high performance computational resources, a multi-petabyte archive, and data services in support of climate simulation research and other NASA-sponsored science. This talk describes the NCCS's data-centric architecture and processing, which are evolving in anticipation of researchers' growing requirements for higher resolution simulations and increased data sharing among NCCS users and the external science community.
Topics: NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS), DATA SYSTEMS, COMPUTER SYSTEMS DESIGN, DATA STORAGE, DATA...
A parachute simulation environment (PSE) has been developed that aims to take advantage of legacy parachute simulation codes and modern object-oriented programming techniques. This hybrid simulation environment provides the parachute analyst with a natural and intuitive way to construct simulation tasks while preserving the pedigree and authority of established parachute simulations. NASA currently employs four simulation tools for developing and analyzing air-drop tests performed by the CEV...
Topics: NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS), COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION, PARACHUTES, CREW EXPLORATION...
The collision between Iridium 33 and Cosmos 2251 in 2009 has reignited interest in using active debris removal to remediate the near-Earth orbital debris environment. A recent NASA study shows that, in order to stabilize the environment in the low Earth orbit (LEO) region for the next 200 years, active debris removal of about five large and massive (1 to more than 8 metric tons) objects per year is needed. To develop the capability to remove five of those objects per year in a cost-effective...
Topics: NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS), SPACE DEBRIS, SPACE SURVEILLANCE (SPACEBORNE), IRIDIUM...
Designing a planetary suit is very complex and often requires difficult trade-offs between performance, cost, mass, and system complexity. In order to verifying that new suit designs meet requirements, full prototypes must eventually be built and tested with human subjects. Using computer models early in the design phase of new hardware development can be advantageous, allowing virtual prototyping to take place. Having easily modifiable models of the suit hard sections may reduce the time it...
Topics: NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS), SPACE SUITS, HUMAN PERFORMANCE, COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION,...
Traditional hazard analysis techniques utilize a two-dimensional representation of the results determined by relative likelihood and severity of the residual risk. These matrices present a quick-look at the Likelihood (Y-axis) and Severity (X-axis) of the probable outcome of a hazardous event. A three-dimensional method, described herein, utilizes the traditional X and Y axes, while adding a new, third dimension, shown as the Z-axis, and referred to as the Level of Control. The elements of the...
Topics: NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS), PROBABILITY THEORY, RISK ASSESSMENT, TWO DIMENSIONAL MODELS,...
G-View is a 3D visualization tool for supporting spacecraft guidance, navigation, and control (GN&C) simulations relevant to small-body exploration and sampling (see figure). The tool is developed in MATLAB using Virtual Reality Toolbox and provides users with the ability to visualize the behavior of their simulations, regardless of which programming language (or machine) is used to generate simulation results. The only requirement is that multi-body simulation data is generated and placed...
Topics: NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS), NAVIGATION, SPACECRAFT GUIDANCE, COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION,...
Techniques to identify aircraft aerodynamic characteristics from flight measurements and compute corrections to an existing simulation model of a research aircraft were investigated. The purpose of the research was to develop a process enabling rapid automated updating of aircraft simulation models using flight data and apply this capability to all flight regimes, including flight envelope extremes. The process presented has the potential to improve the efficiency of envelope expansion flight...
Topics: NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS), AERODYNAMIC CHARACTERISTICS, COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION, FLIGHT...
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Topics: NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS), AIRCRAFT ICING, DROP SIZE, MOISTURE CONTENT, ICE FORMATION,...
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Topics: NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS), COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION, COMPUTER PROGRAMS, COMMERCIAL...
On February 1st, 2010 U.S. President Barack Obama submitted to Congress his proposed budget request for Fiscal Year 2011. This budget included significant changes to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), including the proposed cancellation of the Constellation Program. This change proved to be controversial and Congressional approval of the program's official cancellation would take many months to complete. During this same period an end-to-end discrete event simulation...
Topics: NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS), CONSTELLATION PROGRAM, FLEXIBILITY, MATHEMATICAL MODELS,...
G-TAG is a software tool for the multibody simulation of a spacecraft with a robotic arm and a sampling mechanism, which performs a touch-and-go (TAG) maneuver for sampling from the surface of a small celestial body. G-TAG utilizes G-DYN, a multi-body simulation engine described in the previous article, and interfaces to controllers, estimators, and environmental forces that affect the spacecraft. G-TAG can easily be adapted for the analysis of the mission stress cases to support the design of...
Topics: NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS), ROBOT ARMS, SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT TOOLS, COMPUTERIZED...
This slide presentation reviews the use of shortwave channels available to the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) to improve the determination of surface and atmospheric temperatures. The AIRS instrument is compared with the Infrared Atmospheric Sounding Interferometer (IASI) on-board the MetOp-A satellite. The objectives of the AIRS/AMSU were to (1) provide real time observations to improve numerical weather prediction via data assimilation, (2) Provide observations to measure and explain...
Topics: NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS), ATMOSPHERIC SOUNDING, ATMOSPHERIC TEMPERATURE, INFRARED...
The Crew Exploration Vehicle Parachute Assembly System (CPAS) project conducts computer simulations to verify that flight performance requirements on parachute loads and terminal rate of descent are met. Design of Experiments (DoE) provides a systematic method for variation of simulation input parameters. When implemented and interpreted correctly, a DoE study of parachute simulation tools indicates values and combinations of parameters that may cause requirement limits to be violated. This...
Topics: NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS), COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION, EXPERIMENT DESIGN, PARACHUTES,...
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MATLAB Automated Test Tool, version 3.0 (MATT 3.0) is a software package that provides automated tools that reduce the time needed for extensive testing of simulation models that have been constructed in the MATLAB programming language by use of the Simulink and Real-Time Workshop programs. MATT 3.0 runs on top of the MATLAB engine application-program interface to communicate with the Simulink engine. MATT 3.0 automatically generates source code from the models, generates custom input data for...
Topics: NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS), APPLICATIONS PROGRAMS (COMPUTERS), COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION,...
New generations of surveillance drones are being outfitted with numerous high definition cameras. The rapid proliferation of fielded sensors and supporting capacity for processing and displaying data will translate into ever more capable platforms, but with increased capability comes increased complexity and scale that may diminish the usefulness of such platforms to human operators. We investigate methods for alleviating strain on analysts by automatically retrieving content specific to their...
Topics: NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS), DRONE VEHICLES, MACHINE LEARNING, REAL TIME OPERATION,...
NASA's Heliophysics Theory Program (HTP) is now into a new triennial cycle of funded research, with new research awards beginning in 2011. The theory program was established by the (former) Solar Terrestrial Division in 1980 to redress a weakness of support in the theory area. It has been a successful, evolving scientific program with long-term funding of relatively large "critical mass groups" pursuing theory and modeling on a scale larger than that available within the limits of...
Topics: NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS), EARTH MAGNETOSPHERE, HELIOSPHERE, LOWER ATMOSPHERE, SOLAR...
There have been many advancements and accomplishments over that last few years using human modeling for human factors engineering analysis for design of spacecraft and launch vehicles. The key methods used for this are motion capture and computer generated human models. The focus of this paper is to explain the different types of human modeling used currently and in the past at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) currently, and to explain the future plans for human modeling for future spacecraft designs.
Topics: NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS), HUMAN FACTORS ENGINEERING, GROUND SUPPORT SYSTEMS, MODELS,...
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Topics: NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS), AIRCRAFT ICING, ENGINE TESTS, PROPULSION SYSTEM PERFORMANCE,...
A review of the research accomplished in 2009 in the System-Level Design, Analysis and Simulation Tools (SLDAST) of the NASA's Airspace Systems Program is presented. This research thrust focuses on the integrated system-level assessment of component level innovations, concepts and technologies of the Next Generation Air Traffic System (NextGen) under research in the ASP program to enable the development of revolutionary improvements and modernization of the National Airspace System. The review...
Topics: NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS), SYSTEMS ENGINEERING, AIRSPACE, AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL,...
In support of NASA?s Propulsion and Cryogenic Advanced Development (PCAD) project, a liquid oxygen (LO2)/liquid methane (LCH4) Integrated Propulsion System Test Bed (IPSTB) was designed and advanced to the Critical Design Review (CDR) stage at the Johnson Space Center. The IPSTB?s primary objectives are to study LO2/LCH4 propulsion system steady state and transient performance, operational characteristics and to validate fluid and thermal models of a LO2/LCH4 propulsion system for use in future...
Topics: NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS), PROPULSION, TEST STANDS, PROPELLANTS, ROCKET TEST FACILITIES,...
This paper describes an application independent software tool, IV4D, built to visualize animated and still 3D National Airspace System (NAS) data specifically for aeronautics engineers who research aggregate, as well as single, flight efficiencies and behavior. IV4D was origin ally developed in a joint effort between the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Air Force Research Laboratory (A FRL) to support the visualization of air traffic data from the Airspa ce Concept...
Topics: NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS), AIR TRAFFIC, AIRSPACE, NATIONAL AIRSPACE SYSTEM, COMPUTERIZED...
The authors have identified a software tool suite that will support NASA's Virtual Mission (VM) effort. This is accomplished by transforming a spreadsheet database of mission events, task inputs and outputs, timelines, and organizations into process visualization tools and a Vdot process management model that includes embedded analysis software as well as requirements and information related to data manipulation and transfer. This paper describes the progress to date, and the application of the...
Topics: NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS), AEROSPACE ENGINEERING, COMPUTER TECHNIQUES, ON-LINE SYSTEMS,...
Cross-cultural competency, and the underlying communication and affective skills required to develop such expertise, is becoming increasingly important for a wide variety of domains. To address this need, we developed a blended learning platform which combines virtual role-play with tutorials, assessment and feedback. A Middle-Eastern Curriculum (MEC) exemplar for cross-cultural training U.S. military personnel was developed to guide the refinement of an existing game-based training platform....
Topics: NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS), DESIGN ANALYSIS, DATA PROCESSING, EDUCATION, CULTURE (SOCIAL...
Direct computer simulations of electromagnetic scattering by discrete random media have become an active area of research. In this progress review, we summarize and analyze our main results obtained by means of numerically exact computer solutions of the macroscopic Maxwell equations. We consider finite scattering volumes with size parameters in the range, composed of varying numbers of randomly distributed particles with different refractive indices. The main objective of our analysis is to...
Topics: NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS), BACKSCATTERING, COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION, ELECTROMAGNETIC...
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This paper presents the tests and analytical approach used on the development of a steel riser cutter for the CEV Parachute Assembly System (CPAS) used on the Orion crew module. Figure 1 shows the riser cutter and the steel riser bundle which consists of six individual cables. Due to the highly compressed schedule, initial unavailability of the riser material and the Orion Forward Bay mechanical constraints, JSC primarily relied on a combination of internal ballistics analysis and LS-DYNA...
Topics: NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS), MATHEMATICAL MODELS, PARACHUTES, CUTTERS, RISERS, BALLISTICS,...
Develop a modeling tool that can be used to predict the onset of engine icing due to ice crystal ingestion. The tool will be capable of modeling the effects of ice build up as well as its effect on engine performance. Perform a parametric study of an engine with simulated ice blockage effects at altitude conditions. Using the tool, estimate the effect of blockage in the low pressure compressor due to ice buildup (accretion), and its effects on engine performance.
Topics: NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS), ICE FORMATION, AIRCRAFT HAZARDS, AIRCRAFT ICING, AIRCRAFT...
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The Autonomous Landing and Hazard Avoidance Technology (ALHAT) Project is developing a system for safe and precise manned lunar landing that involves novel sensors, but also specific algorithms. ALHAT has selected imaging LIDAR (light detection and ranging) as the sensing modality for onboard hazard detection because imaging LIDARs can rapidly generate direct measurements of the lunar surface elevation from high altitude. Then, starting with the LIDAR-based Hazard Detection and Avoidance (HDA)...
Topics: NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS), AUTONOMY, DETECTION, LUNAR LANDING, COMPUTER PROGRAMS,...
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Topics: NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS), SWEPT WINGS, ICE FORMATION, CHARACTERIZATION, AERODYNAMICS,...
The Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company has been awarded several programs to modernize the aging C-5 military transport fleet. In order to ensure its continuation amidst budget cuts, it was important to engage the decision makers by providing an environment to analyze the benefits of the modernization program. This paper describes an interface that allows the user to change inputs such as the scenario airfields, take-off conditions, and reliability characteristics. The underlying logistics...
Topics: NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS), DECISION SUPPORT SYSTEMS, MILITARY TECHNOLOGY, AVIONICS, C-5...
Over the past 30 years most climate models have grown from relatively simple representations of a few atmospheric processes to a complex multi-disciplinary system. Computer infrastructure over that period has gone from punch card mainframes to modem parallel clusters. Model implementations have become complex, brittle, and increasingly difficult to extend and maintain. Existing verification processes for model implementations rely almost exclusively upon some combination of detailed analysis of...
Topics: NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS), CLIMATE MODELS, PROGRAM VERIFICATION (COMPUTERS), PERFORMANCE...
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This users manual provides in-depth information concerning installation and execution of Laura, version 5. Laura is a structured, multi-block, computational aerothermodynamic simulation code. Version 5 represents a major refactoring of the original Fortran 77 Laura code toward a modular structure afforded by Fortran 95. The refactoring improved usability and maintainability by eliminating the requirement for problem dependent re-compilations, providing more intuitive distribution of...
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Topics: NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS), ROTOR AERODYNAMICS, AERODYNAMIC NOISE, NOISE PREDICTION,...
A numerical study over a nominally two-dimensional circulation control airfoil is performed using a large-eddy simulation code and two Reynolds-averaged Navier-Stokes codes. Different Coanda jet blowing conditions are investigated. In addition to investigating the influence of grid density, a comparison is made between incompressible and compressible flow solvers. The incompressible equations are found to yield negligible differences from the compressible equations up to at least a jet exit...
Topics: NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS), CIRCULATION CONTROL AIRFOILS, COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION, FLOW...
The ability to compute rarefied, ionized hypersonic flows is becoming more important as missions such as Earth reentry, landing high mass payloads on Mars, and the exploration of the outer planets and their satellites are being considered. These flows may also contain significant radiative heating. To prepare for these missions, NASA is developing the capability to simulate rarefied, ionized flows and to then calculate the resulting radiative heating to the vehicle's surface. In this study, the...
Topics: NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS), COMPUTATIONAL FLUID DYNAMICS, HYPERSONIC FLOW, RADIATIVE HEAT...
Outline of the presentation: CFD at NASA/MSFC (1) Flight Projects are the Customer -- No Science Experiments (2) Customer Support (3) Guiding Philosophy and Resource Allocation (4) Where is CFD at NASA/MSFC? Examples of the expanding Role of CFD at NASA/MSFC (1) Liquid Rocket Engine Applications : Evolution from Symmetric and Steady to 3D Unsteady (2)Launch Pad Debris Transport-> Launch Pad Induced Environments (a) STS and Launch Pad Geometry-steady (b) Moving Body Shuttle Launch...
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The primary objective in developing NASA s DSMC Analysis Code (DAC) was to provide a high fidelity modeling tool for 3D rarefied flows such as vacuum plume impingement and hypersonic re-entry flows [1]. The initial implementation has been expanded over time to offer other capabilities including a novel axisymmetric implementation. Because of the inherently 3D nature of DAC, this axisymmetric implementation uses a 3D Cartesian domain and 3D surfaces. Molecules are moved in all three dimensions...
Topics: NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS), SYMMETRY, COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION, RAREFIED GAS DYNAMICS,...
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A large-eddy simulation (LES) code that utilizes high-resolution numerical schemes is described and applied to a compressible jet flow. The code is written in a general manner such that the accuracy/resolution of the simulation can be selected by the user. Time discretization is performed using a family of low-dispersion Runge-Kutta schemes, selectable from first- to fourth-order. Spatial discretization is performed using central differencing schemes. Both standard schemes, second- to...
Topics: NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS), LARGE EDDY SIMULATION, COMPRESSIBLE FLOW, TURBULENCE, JET...
A document describes a series of models created for the determination of the probability of survival of critical spacecraft components from particle strike damage caused by hypervelocity impact of meteoroids and/or orbital debris. These models were integrated with both shield design and hypervelocity impact testing to develop adequate protection of said components to meet mission survivability requirements.
Topics: NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS), MICROMETEOROIDS, PROBABILITY THEORY, SPACE DEBRIS, SPACECRAFT...
Astronauts assigned to long-duration missions experience bone and muscle atrophy in the lower limbs. The use of musculoskeletal simulation software has become a useful tool for modeling joint and muscle forces during human activity in reduced gravity as access to direct experimentation is limited. Knowledge of muscle and joint loads can better inform the design of exercise protocols and exercise countermeasure equipment. In this study, the LifeModeler(TM) (San Clemente, CA) biomechanics...
Topics: NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS), ATROPHY, COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION, MONTE CARLO METHOD,...
Mars and NEO missions will expose astronaut to extended durations of reduced reduced gravity, isolation and higher radiation. These new operation conditions pose health risks that are not well understood and perhaps unanticipated. Advanced computational simulation environments can beneficially augment research to predict, assess and mitigate potential hazards to astronaut health. The NASA Digital Astronaut Project (DAP), within the NASA Human Research Program, strives to achieve this goal.
Topics: NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS), COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION, MUSCULOSKELETAL SYSTEM, BIODYNAMICS,...
Free-piston Stirling convertors are fundamental to the development of NASA s next generation of radioisotope power system, the Advanced Stirling Radioisotope Generator (ASRG). The ASRG will use General Purpose Heat Source (GPHS) modules as the energy source and Advanced Stirling Convertors (ASCs) to convert heat into electrical energy, and is being developed by Lockheed Martin under contract to the Department of Energy. Achieving flight status mandates that the ASCs satisfy design as well as...
Topics: NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS), STIRLING CYCLE, RADIOISOTOPE HEAT SOURCES, PISTON ENGINES,...
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Joint experimentation that investigates sensor optimization, re-tasking and management has far reaching implications for Department of Defense, Interagency and multinational partners. An adaption of traditional human in the loop (HITL) Modeling and Simulation (M&S) was one approach used to generate the findings necessary to derive and support these implications. Here an entity-based simulation was re-engineered to run on USJFCOM's High Performance Computer (HPC). The HPC was used to support...
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It is difficulties for the computer simulation method to study radiation regime at large-scale. Simplified coniferous model was investigate d in the present study. It makes the computer simulation methods such as L-systems and radiosity-graphics combined method (RGM) more powerf ul in remote sensing of heterogeneous coniferous forests over a large -scale region. L-systems is applied to render 3-D coniferous forest scenarios: and RGM model was used to calculate BRF (bidirectional refle ctance...
Topics: NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS), BIDIRECTIONAL REFLECTANCE, COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION, CONIFERS,...
A new computer model, the GCR Event-based Risk Model code (GERMcode), was developed to describe biophysical events from high-energy protons and heavy ions that have been studied at the NASA Space Radiation Laboratory (NSRL) [1] for the purpose of simulating space radiation biological effects. In the GERMcode, the biophysical description of the passage of heavy ions in tissue and shielding materials is made with a stochastic approach that includes both ion track structure and nuclear...
Topics: NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS), BIOLOGICAL EFFECTS, COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION, EXTRATERRESTRIAL...
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Topics: NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS), AIRFRAMES, SWEPT WINGS, LOW TEMPERATURE ENVIRONMENTS, ICE...
Aircraft engines can be effective actuators to help pilots avert or recover from emergency situations. Emergency control modes are being developed to enhance the engines performance to increase the probability of recovery under these circumstances. This paper discusses a proposed implementation of an architecture that requests emergency propulsion control modes, allowing the engines to deliver additional performance in emergency situations while still ensuring a specified safety level. In order...
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Early in the development of the Space Shuttle, it became clear that NASA needed a method of deploying and retrieving payloads from the payload bay. The Shuttle Remote Manipulator System (SRMS) was developed to fill this need. The 50 foot long robotic arm is an anthropomorphic design consisting of three electromechanical joints, six degrees of freedom, and two boom segments. Its composite boom construction provided a light weight solution needed for space operations. Additionally, a method of...
Topics: NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS), HUMAN BODY, REMOTE MANIPULATOR SYSTEM, PAYLOAD DEPLOYMENT...
The G-TAG software tool was developed under the R&TD on Integrated Autonomous Guidance, Navigation, and Control for Comet Sample Return, and represents a novel, multi-body dynamics simulation software tool for studying TAG sampling. The G-TAG multi-body simulation tool provides a simulation environment in which a Touch-and-Go (TAG) sampling event can be extensively tested. TAG sampling requires the spacecraft to descend to the surface, contact the surface with a sampling collection device,...
Topics: NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS), AUTONOMY, AUTONOMOUS NAVIGATION, COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION,...
A method for multi-objective fault accommodation using predictive modeling is disclosed. The method includes using a simulated machine that simulates a faulted actual machine, and using a simulated controller that simulates an actual controller. A multi-objective optimization process is performed, based on specified control settings for the simulated controller and specified operational scenarios for the simulated machine controlled by the simulated controller, to generate a Pareto...
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Topics: NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS), AUTONOMY, ROBOTICS, FLIGHT CONTROL, COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION,...
The NASA Integrated Medical Model (IMM) assesses the risk, including likelihood and impact of occurrence, of all credible in-flight medical conditions. Fatigue due to sleep disruption is a condition that could lead to operational errors, potentially resulting in loss of mission or crew. Pharmacological consumables are mitigation strategies used to manage the risks associated with sleep deficits. The likelihood of medical intervention due to sleep disruption was estimated with a well validated...
Topics: NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS), SLEEP DEPRIVATION, COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION, EXTRAVEHICULAR...
The Commercial Modular Aero-Propulsion System Simulation 40k (CMAPSS40k) software package is a nonlinear dynamic simulation of a 40,000-pound (approximately equals 178-kN) thrust class commercial turbofan engine, written in the MATLAB/Simulink environment. The model has been tuned to capture the behavior of flight test data, and is capable of running at any point in the flight envelope [up to 40,000 ft (approximately equals 12,200 m) and Mach 0.8]. In addition to the open-loop engine, the...
Topics: NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS), AIRCRAFT ENGINES, COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION, PROPULSION,...
A high-fidelity thermal model of the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter was developed for use in an autonomous aerobraking simulation study. Response surface equations were derived from the high-fidelity thermal model and integrated into the autonomous aerobraking simulation software. The high-fidelity thermal model was developed using the Thermal Desktop software and used in all phases of the analysis. The use of Thermal Desktop exclusively, represented a change from previously developed aerobraking...
Topics: NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS), AEROBRAKING, AUTONOMY, MARS RECONNAISSANCE ORBITER, THERMAL...
Detailed chemical process simulations are a useful tool in designing and optimizing complex systems and architectures for human life support. Dynamic and steady-state models of these systems help contrast the interactions of various operating parameters and hardware designs, which become extremely useful in trade-study analyses. NASA s Exploration Life Support technology development project recently made use of such models to compliment a series of tests on different waste water distillation...
Topics: NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS), WATER RECLAMATION, SYSTEMS ENGINEERING, LIFE SUPPORT SYSTEMS,...
Detailed chemical process simulations are a useful tool in designing and optimizing complex systems and architectures for human life support. Dynamic and steady-state models of these systems help contrast the interactions of various operating parameters and hardware designs, which become extremely useful in trade-study analyses. NASA?s Exploration Life Support technology development project recently made use of such models to compliment a series of tests on different waste water distillation...
Topics: NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS), WATER RECLAMATION, COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION, CHEMICAL...
A method detects and isolates in-flight sensor, actuator, and component faults for advanced propulsion systems. In sharp contrast to many conventional methods, which deal with either sensor fault or component fault, but not both, this method considers sensor fault, actuator fault, and component fault under one systemic and unified framework. The proposed solution consists of two main components: a bank of real-time, nonlinear adaptive fault diagnostic estimators for residual generation, and a...
Topics: NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS), ENGINE PARTS, NONLINEARITY, FAULT DETECTION, ONBOARD...
Drogue parachute damping is required to dampen the Orion Multi Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV) crew module (CM) oscillations prior to deployment of the main parachutes. During the Apollo program, drogue parachute damping was modeled on the premise that the drogue parachute force vector aligns with the resultant velocity of the parachute attach point on the CM. Equivalent Cm(sub q) and Cm(sub alpha) equations for drogue parachute damping resulting from the Apollo legacy parachute damping model...
Topics: NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS), SPACECRAFT MODULES, DRAG CHUTES, COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION,...
Flexible Airspace Management (FAM) is a mid- term Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) concept that allows dynamic changes to airspace configurations to meet the changes in the traffic demand. A series of human-in-the-loop (HITL) studies have identified procedures and decision support requirements needed to implement FAM. This paper outlines a suggested FAM procedure and associated decision support functionality based on these HITL studies. A description of both the tools used to...
Topics: NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS), AVIONICS, PULSE COMMUNICATION, AIR TRANSPORTATION, AIRSPACE,...
An amine-based carbon dioxide (CO2) and water vapor sorbent in pressure-swing regenerable beds has been developed by Hamilton Sundstrand and baselined for the Atmosphere Revitalization System for moderate duration missions of the Orion Multipurpose Crew Vehicle. In previous years at this conference, reports were presented on extensive Johnson Space Center testing of this technology in a sea-level pressure environment with simulated and actual human metabolic loads in both open and closed-loop...
Topics: NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS), ADSORPTION, CARBON DIOXIDE, CREW EXPLORATION VEHICLE,...
We discuss very fast Compute Unified Device Architecture (CUDA) simulations of ideal homogeneous incompressible turbulence based on Fourier models. These models have associated statistical theories that predict that Fourier coefficients of fluid velocity and magnetic fields (if present) are zero-mean random variables. Prior numerical simulations have shown that certain coefficients have a non-zero mean value that can be very large compared to the associated standard deviation. We review the...
Topics: NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS), HOMOGENEOUS TURBULENCE, MAGNETOHYDRODYNAMIC TURBULENCE,...
A review of the governing equations and boundary conditions used to model the response of ablative materials submitted to a high-enthalpy flow is proposed. The heritage of model-development efforts undertaken in the 1960s is extremely clear: the bases of the models used in the community are mathematically equivalent. Most of the material-response codes implement a single model in which the equation parameters may be modified to model different materials or conditions. The level of fidelity of...
Topics: NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS), ABLATIVE MATERIALS, BOUNDARY CONDITIONS, MECHANICAL...
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The Athena simulation software supports an analyst from DoD or other federal agency in making stability and reconstruction projections for operational analyses in areas like Iraq or Afghanistan. It encompasses the use of all elements of national power: diplomatic, information, military, and economic (DIME), and anticipates their effects on political, military, economic, social, information, and infrastructure (PMESII) variables in real-world battle space environments. Athena is a stand-alone...
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The runway configuration used by an airport has significant implications with respect to its capacity and ability to effectively manage surface and airborne traffic. Aircraft operators rely on runway configuration information because it can significantly affect an airline's operations and planning of their resources. Current practices in runway management are limited by a relatively short time horizon for reliable weather information and little assistance from automation. Wind velocity is the...
Topics: NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS), AIR TRAFFIC, AIRPORTS, RUNWAYS, AIRLINE OPERATIONS,...
Mass Estimating Relationships (MERs) have been developed for use in the Program to Optimize Simulated Trajectories II (POST2) as part of NASA's multi-mission Earth Entry Vehicle (MMEEV) concept. MERs have been developed for the thermal protection systems of PICA and of Carbon Phenolic atop Advanced Carbon-Carbon on the forebody and for SIRCA and Acusil II on the backshell. How these MERs were developed, the resulting equations, model limitations, and model accuracy are discussed herein.
Topics: NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS), THERMAL PROTECTION, SPACECRAFT TRAJECTORIES, ABLATION,...
Fluid transients, also known as water hammer, can have a significant impact on the design and operation of both spacecraft and launch vehicle propulsion systems. These transients often occur at system activation and shutdown. The pressure rise due to sudden opening and closing of valves of propulsion feed lines can cause serious damage during activation and shutdown of propulsion systems. During activation (valve opening) and shutdown (valve closing), pressure surges must be predicted...
Topics: NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS), PROPULSION SYSTEM CONFIGURATIONS, WATER HAMMER, SPACECRAFT...
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Topics: NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS), ICE FORMATION, PROPULSION SYSTEM CONFIGURATIONS, PROPULSION...
Modeling and Simulation plays a very important role in mission design. It not only reduces design cost, but also prepares astronauts for their mission tasks. The SISO Smackdown is a simulation event that facilitates modeling and simulation in academia. The scenario of this year s Smackdown was to simulate a lunar base supply mission. The mission objective was to transfer Earth supply cargo to a lunar base supply depot and retrieve He-3 to take back to Earth. Federates for this scenario include...
Topics: NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS), COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION, SOFTWARE ENGINEERING, DESIGN TO...
This poster describes research conducted using the Stochastic Terminal Area Simulation Software to determine spacing buffers for the Terminal Area Precision Scheduling and Spacing human-in-the-loop simulation.
Topics: NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS), COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION, SCHEDULING, STOCHASTIC PROCESSES,...
A Turbine-Based Combined Cycle (TBCC) dynamic simulation model has been developed to demonstrate all modes of operation, including mode transition, for a turbine-based combined cycle propulsion system. The High Mach Transient Engine Cycle Code (HiTECC) is a highly integrated tool comprised of modules for modeling each of the TBCC systems whose interactions and controllability affect the TBCC propulsion system thrust and operability during its modes of operation. By structuring the simulation...
Topics: NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS), COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION, SUPERSONIC COMBUSTION RAMJET...
A physics-based, systematically coupled, multidisciplinary prediction tool (MUTE) for rotorcraft noise was developed and validated with a wide range of flight configurations and conditions. MUTE is an aggregation of multidisciplinary computational tools that accurately and efficiently model the physics of the source of rotorcraft noise, and predict the noise at far-field observer locations. It uses systematic coupling approaches among multiple disciplines including Computational Fluid Dynamics...
Topics: NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS), COMPUTATIONAL FLUID DYNAMICS, NOISE PREDICTION, ROTARY WING...
Historically, the design of subsonic and supersonic aircraft has been divided into separate technical disciplines (such as propulsion, aerodynamics and structures), each of which performs design and analysis in relative isolation from others. This is possible, in most cases, either because the amount of interdisciplinary coupling is minimal, or because the interactions can be treated as linear. The design of hypersonic airbreathing vehicles, like NASA's X-43, is quite the opposite. Such systems...
Topics: NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS), AIRCRAFT DESIGN, AIR BREATHING ENGINES, HYPERSONIC VEHICLES,...
GFSSP stands for Generalized Fluid System Simulation Program. It is a general-purpose computer program to compute pressure, temperature and flow distribution in a flow network. GFSSP calculates pressure, temperature, and concentrations at nodes and calculates flow rates through branches. It was primarily developed to analyze Internal Flow Analysis of a Turbopump Transient Flow Analysis of a Propulsion System. GFSSP development started in 1994 with an objective to provide a generalized and easy...
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Topics: NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS), ICE FORMATION, AIRCRAFT ICING, TURBOFAN ENGINES, ENGINE...
An assessment of a draft AIAA standard for flight dynamics model exchange, ANSI/AIAA S-119-2011, was conducted on behalf of NASA by a team from the NASA Engineering and Safety Center. The assessment included adding the capability of importing standard models into real-time simulation facilities at several NASA Centers as well as into analysis simulation tools. All participants were successful at importing two example models into their respective simulation frameworks by using existing software...
Topics: NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS), AERODYNAMICS, DYNAMIC MODELS, COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION,...
A series of quasi-periodic magnetopause crossings were recorded by the MESSENGER spacecraft during its third flyby of Mercury on 29 September 2009, likely caused by a train of propagating Kelvin-Helmholtz (KH) vortices. We here revisit the observations to study the internal structure of the waves. Exploiting MESSENGER s rapid traversal of the magnetopause, we show that the observations permit a reconstruction of the structure of a rolled-up KH vortex directly from the spacecraft s magnetic...
Topics: NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS), MERCURY (PLANET), MAGNETOPAUSE, KELVIN-HELMHOLTZ INSTABILITY,...
The computer codes that calculate the energy budget of solar and thermal radiation in Global Climate Models (GCMs), our most advanced tools for predicting climate change, have to be computationally efficient in order to not impose undue computational burden to climate simulations. By using approximations to gain execution speed, these codes sacrifice accuracy compared to more accurate, but also much slower, alternatives. International efforts to evaluate the approximate schemes have taken place...
Topics: NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS), CLIMATE MODELS, INFRARED RADIATION, SOLAR RADIATION, THERMAL...
The Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission consists of four satellites flying in formation in highly elliptical orbits about the Earth, with a primary objective of studying magnetic reconnection. The baseline navigation concept is independent estimation of each spacecraft state using GPS pseudorange measurements referenced to an Ultra Stable Oscillator (USO) with accelerometer measurements included during maneuvers. MMS state estimation is performed onboard each spacecraft using the Goddard...
Topics: NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS), SENSITIVITY, MAGNETIC FIELD RECONNECTION, ACCURACY,...
NASA Ames Research Center and the SETI Institute collaborated on an effort to observe the Earth re-entry of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Hayabusa sample return capsule. Hayabusa was an asteroid exploration mission that retrieved a sample from the near-Earth asteroid Itokawa. Its sample return capsule re-entered over the Woomera Prohibited Area in southern Australia on June 13, 2010. Being only the third sample return mission following NASA's Genesis and Stardust missions, Hayabusa's...
Topics: NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS), SPACE CAPSULES, THERMAL PROTECTION, SPACECRAFT REENTRY,...
There have been many advancements and accomplishments over the last few years using human modeling for human factors engineering analysis for design of spacecraft. The key methods used for this are motion capture and computer generated human models. The focus of this paper is to explain the human modeling currently used at Kennedy Space Center (KSC), and to explain the future plans for human modeling for future spacecraft designs
Topics: NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS), COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION, HUMAN FACTORS ENGINEERING, MOTION...
Determining the elemental composition of carbonaceous (spectral type C) asteroids is still one of the basic problems when studying these objects. The only main source of elemental composition information for asteroids is from their optical, NIR and IR properties, which include their spectral reflectance characteristics, albedo, polarization, and the comparison of optical spectroscopy with meteorite groups corresponding to asteroids of every spectral type. Unfortunately, these sources reflect...
Topics: NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS), ASTEROIDS, CHEMICAL COMPOSITION, DETECTION, GAMMA RAY...
Future human space missions target far destinations such as Near Earth Objects (NEO) or Mars that require extended stay in hostile radiation environments in deep space. The continuous assessment of exploration vehicles is needed to iteratively optimize the designs for shielding protection and calculating the risks associated with such long missions. We use a predictive software capability that calculates the risks to humans inside a spacecraft. The software uses the CAD software Pro/Engineer...
Topics: NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS), ASTRONAUTS, PREDICTION ANALYSIS TECHNIQUES, RADIATION...
A low cost, rapid evaluation, test aircraft is used to develop and test airframe damage diagnosis algorithms at Langley Research Center as part of NASA's Aviation Safety Program. The remotely operated subscale aircraft is instrumented with sensors to monitor structural response during flight. Data is collected for good and compromised airframe configurations to develop data driven models for diagnosing airframe state. This paper describes the data acquisition system (DAS) of the rapid...
Topics: NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS), AIRFRAMES, DATA SYSTEMS, SYSTEMS ANALYSIS, ALGORITHMS, DATA...
NASA s Ares I-X vehicle launched on a suborbital test flight from the Eastern Range in Florida on October 28, 2009. To obtain approval for launch, a range safety final flight data package was generated to meet the data requirements defined in the Air Force Space Command Manual 91-710 Volume 2. The delivery included products such as a nominal trajectory, trajectory envelopes, stage disposal data and footprints, and a malfunction turn analysis. The Air Force s 45th Space Wing uses these products...
Topics: NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS), ARES 1 LAUNCH VEHICLE, COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION, SUBORBITAL...