MAPS is a suite of software tools used for pre-flight planning, real-time support, and post-flight analysis of spacecraft attitude and pointing for the International Space Station (ISS), HII Transfer Vehicle (HTV), Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV), and other low Earth orbit (LEO) vehicles.

MAPS helps NASA Attitude and Pointing officers to satisfy spacecraft attitude timeline and pointing requirements while meeting a variety of communication, thermal, lighting, and debris-pointing constraints. MAPS incorporates spacecraft attitude tracking and structural blockage in determining pointing requirements.

At time of writing, v7.1 was made available.

This work was done by Greg G. Hemington and Parveen S. Shaik of Unisys; and Karen Watts and Andrew Lalich of Rockwell Space Operations for Johnson Space Center. For further information, contact the JSC Technology Transfer Office at (281) 483-3809. MSC-25133-1

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