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[Orekit Developers] Re: [Orekit Users] Orekit 6.0 released

I have a Basecamp project, Integrate Orekit into SpaceNet. The lead on
SpaceNet, Paul Grogan at MIT, has generously offered some comments on
the implications of the proposal.


I like his comments very much, not only for their obvious detail and
apparent cogency, but also because they suggest action items.

I am no orbital mechanics expert, but some of you must be. Please let
me know (private e-mail is fine) if you'd like to be added to this
project. My bar for what constitutes teamwork is quite low: you'll be
thanked if, at the very least, you comment in a thought-provoking way
(or action-provoking way) on what Paul has written.

If you'd only like to keep an eye on this project, I can add you to
the list, "The Client". Feel free to request any features you'd like
to see in an Orekit demo app, so long as they are plausibly
logistics-related. These requests, and their resulting code, might
feed into the SOCIS 2013 effort on Orekit.

If you know enough of the internals of either Orekit or SpaceNet to be
a developer, and can even /consider/ contributing to their
integration, I'll be happy to add you to Team.

Please specify Client or Team, in your reply. But don't feel bound to
one role or the other just because that's the one you started in.

Michael Turner

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On Wed, Apr 24, 2013 at 4:53 AM, MAISONOBE Luc <luc.maisonobe@c-s.fr> wrote:
> The Orekit team is pleased to announce that version 6.0 of Orekit has been
> released today.
> Version 6.0 is a major release of Orekit. It introduces several new features
> and bug fixes. Several incompatibilities with respect to previous versions
> 5.x have been introduced. Users are strongly advised to upgrade to this
> version.
> The major features introduced in version 6.0 are:
>  - inclusion of the DSST semi-analytical propagator,
>  - improved propagator architecture where all propagators can use events
>    and step handlers,
>  - much better and faster gravity field force model,
>  - Jacobians availability for all force models,
>  - converters between different propagation models
>    (which can be used to convert between mean and osculating elements),
>  - thread safety for many parts (mainly frames, but still excluding
>    propagators) while still preserving caching for performances
>    even in multi-threaded environments,
>  - time-dependent gravity fields,
>  - support for IERS 2010 conventions,
>  - support for INPOP and all DExxx ephemerides,
>  - new frames,
>  - new time scales,
>  - support for user-defined states in spacecraft state,
>  - availability of additional states in events,
>  - interpolators for many components like position-velocity, spacecraft
> state
>    and attitude allowing to compute high order derivatives if desired,
>  - filtering of events,
>  - orphan frames,
>  - magnetic fields models,
>  - SP3 files support,
>  - visibility circles,
>  - support for Marshall Solar Activity Future Estimation of solar activity.
> Numerous bugs were also fixed.
> Version 6.0 now depends on version 3.2 of Apache Commons Math.
> Luc Maisonobe, on behalf of the Orekit Project Management Committee
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