When Asteroids Attack the Moon: Design and Implementation of an STK-Based Satellite Communication Simulation for the NASA-Led Simulation Exploration Experience
The Simulation Exploration Experience (SEE) is an annual, inter-university, distributed simulation challenge led by NASA. A primary objective is to provide a platform to college students to work in highly dispersed teams to design, develop, test, and execute a simulated lunar mission using High Level Architecture. During the SEE in 2016, 19 federates developed by student teams from three continents successfully joined the HLA federation and collaborated to accomplish a lunar mission. The Midwestern State University first participated in SEE and developed a communication satellite federate which broadcasts alert to physical entities on the moon surface about the incoming of an asteroid. This paper describes the design of the communication federate, the federation object model, lessons learned and recommendations for future federate development.
The authors would like to thank the 2012 UAHuntsville team. The development of MWSU communication satellites federate benefited a lot from their legacy code . Building on top of those nicely written and documented code greatly reduced our developing effort. We would also like to thank James Taylor, for organizing weekly teleconferences, Neil Cameron for hosting the event. Thanks should also be given to our NASA sponsors, Edwin Zack Crues, Dan Dexter, Michael Conroy and Daniel A. O’Neil. They were pulled upon hard by their day jobs and were able to make sure things were running for us to use and provided expertise whenever possible.
We also want to thank the industrial partners, Pitch Technologies and VT MÄK for their support to the SEE 2016.
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