This software tool automates the statistical analysis of heating indicators for a family of trajectories. It allows for quick and clear relative comparison of the trajectories by concisely and meaningfully reducing an arbitrarily large set of body point heating into single values that are used to rank the trajectories. This software is user friendly, and enables other engineers to easily perform analysis. PFlASH post-processes the XF0002 Dump7 files or QLIST to calculate heating indicators and statistics on the heating indicators. PFlASH automatically generates Matlab.m files to produce presentation-quality plots that are ready to be inserted into briefings or collated into a pdf.

This work was done by Winston Wang of The Boeing Company for Johnson Space Center. For further information, contact the JSC Innovation Partnerships Office at (281) 483-3809. MSC-25129-1


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