- Wednesday, 01 September 2010
XMbodyinfo was designed to evaluate potential reference trajectories, providing a proficient way to assess the quality of all satellite body flybys for a Cassini type mission tour. It is autonomous and will generate a variety of ORS (optical remote sensing) and FPW (fields, particles, and waves) plots that aid in the evaluation, qualification, selection, and improvement of a potential tour (see figure).
It can quickly produce various geometry plots and ground tracks for Saturnian satellite flybys when given an input trajectory, a C/A (closest approach) time in SCET (Spacecraft Event Time), and a flyby label. All instrument teams and science disciplines used this tool extensively to aid in the selection of Cassini’s extended mission tour.