Innovators at NASA’s Johnson Space Center have developed a software system for solving generalized trajectory design and optimization problems for spacecraft. COPERNICUS provides a single, unified framework for modeling, designing, and optimizing spacecraft trajectories for robotic and human missions. The methodology facilitates modeling and optimization for problems ranging from a single spacecraft orbiting a single celestial body to a mission involving multiple spacecraft and multiple propulsion systems operating in gravitational fields of multiple celestial bodies. The unique architecture allows analysts to solve a trajectory optimization problem in one of three distinct control methods. This software may be released for U.S. Government purposes only.
This technology is being made available through JSC’s Technology Transfer and Commercialization Office, which seeks to transfer technology into and out of NASA to benefit the space program and U.S. industry. NASA invites companies to consider licensing this technology for commercial applications.
If you would like more information about this technology or about NASA’s technology transfer program, please contact:Technology Transfer and Commercialization Office