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The Dynamics And Real-Time Simulation (DARTS) Laboratory conducts
research, technology and tool development for high-performance, physics
based modeling and simulation space flight systems. The lab supports the
surface and near-surface mission domains, and also adapts its tools to
specific missions, projects, and technology development activities.

Areas of research include:

  • Mathematical theory and computational algorithms for robot and articulated multibody system dynamics
  • Multi-mission, reusable component based architectures for real-time simulation of space vehicles
  • Modeling of surface planetary rovers and mobility platforms
  • Small-body landing and exploration system modeling
  • Entry, descent, landing and flight dynamics modeling and simulation
  • Aerial platforms and airship modeling
  • Planetary terrain modeling; large terrain visualization; terrain construction
  • Large-scale internal coordinate molecular dynamics
  • GPU hardware accelerated visualization and computing
  • Agile frameworks for the concurrent development of reusable software

DARTS Lab tools can typically be used in workstation environments as well as for real-time, hardware-in-the-loop simulations for the testing and verification of flight software and hardware.

DARTS Laboratory Homepage



DARTS
A high-performance computational engine for flexible multibody dynamics.


Dshell
A multi-mission simulation framework for real-time, hardware-in-the-loop spacecraft simulations.


ROAMS
A Dshell-based planetary rover simulator for surface exploration.


DSENDS
A Dshell-based simulator for entry, descent and landing (EDL) scenarios.


SimScape
A software tool kit for planetary-terrain-environment models.


GNEIMO
A module for internal-coordinates molecular-dynamics simulations.


Dspace
A 3D graphics tool for real-time, closed-loop simulation visualization.


YaM
A software-development tool kit for the concurrent development of reusable software.

Personnel / Contacts
Site Manager:  Brian Knosp
Webmasters:  Cornell Lewis, Maryia Davis

JPL Clearance:  CL#08-4147