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
A high-performance computational engine for flexible multibody dynamics.
A multi-mission simulation framework for real-time, hardware-in-the-loop spacecraft simulations.
A Dshell-based planetary rover simulator for surface exploration.
A Dshell-based simulator for entry, descent and landing (EDL) scenarios.
A software tool kit for planetary-terrain-environment models.
A module for internal-coordinates molecular-dynamics simulations.
A 3D graphics tool for real-time, closed-loop simulation visualization.
A software-development tool kit for the concurrent development of reusable software.