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  SYSTEM DESIGN AND MISSION SIMULATION
 
 Multi-Fidelity Vehicle
Multi-Fidelity Vehicle Modeling and Simulation
An integrated set of tools of various disciplines and fidelity levels which enable rapid analysis of a broad range of scenarios for risk mitigation.
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 Parameter Identification
Parameter Identification
System identification begins with measured aircraft motion and "inverts" the responses to rapidly extract a model that accurately reflects the measured aircraft motion. This is an advanced modeling tool ideal for engineering design and data analysis within the Software, Intelligent Systems and Modeling Program.
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 System-Level Simulation
System-Level Simulation
Ames system analysis tools, simulation laboratories, human factors research tools, and distributed/collaborative workspace expertise combine to form a unique system-level modeling and simulation capability.
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 Unstructure Methods
Geometry Modeling Tools for Unstructured Methods
Automated tool set for surface triangulation and volume mesh generation including perturbation, morphing, and surface merging for rapid analysis and design of spacecraft.
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 Wind Tunnels
Wind Tunnel Support for Space Exploration
Development of space transportation vehicles requires significant wind tunnel testing to address configuration development for planetary exit and reentry challenges. The Ames Unitary Plan Wind Tunnel (UPWT) provides the unique environment (Mach number range, data quality, flow quality, productivity, etc.) and value required for this quest.
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 VMS
VMS -- Vertical Motion Simulator
This unique flight simulation complex provides scientists and engineers with exceptional tools to explore, define, and solve issues in both spacecraft design and mission operations. The VMS aids the aerospace community in generating fast and cost-effective solutions using high-fidelity, real-time piloted simulation in the largest motion-based flight simulator in the world.
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 System Analysis
Systems Analysis and Technology Assessment
Ames has developed a set of engineering-based analysis and design tools for conceptual-level exploration vehicle definition studies and initial technology assessment and evaluation. These tools are integrated into an interactive and collaborative design environment for quick turn-around vehicle trade studies and technology impact assessment.
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 Risk Analysis
Risk Analysis for Exploration
The Space Architecture Failure Evaluation (SAFE) tool enables probabilistic risk assessment (PRA) of mission, vehicle, and crew risk for space transportation vehicles. A Technology Development Risk Assessment (TDRA) tool is currently being developed to estimate the risks associated with technology maturation projects.
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 High Fidelity Numerical Optimization Using Unstructured-Grid Methods
High Fidelity Numerical Optimization Using Unstructured-Grid Methods
An efficient design method for detailed aerodynamic shape optimization for safety and performance of space vehicles. Fully automated geometry changes allow for optimization of complete vehicles including trimming surface deflections at single or multiple design points.
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 Flight Control Optimization
Flight Control Optimization
The Control Designer's Unified Interface (CONDUIT), developed at Ames Research Center , has changed the traditional flight control design process by unifying all of the necessary elements needed in flight control design.
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  RESEARCH AT AMES 
 
 concept plane
Advanced Concepts and Analog
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 virtual reality
Autonomous Systems and Robotics
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 subvocal speech
Crew Assist and Mission Operations
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 shuttle model
Engineering, Testing, and Fabrication
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 thermal protection test
Entry Systems
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 supercomputer shuttle simulation
High End Computing
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 artist concept mars habitat
Human Support Technology
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 international space station
Integrated Systems Health Management
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 nanogears
Nanotechnology
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 software
Robust Software Systems
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 computer graph
System Design and Mission Simulation
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Moffett Field, California 94035
Phone: (650) 604-5000
 






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