#91 December 1995
Section 188.8.131.52.091.of the Artemis Data Book
by Michael H.Bennett, Simulation Technical Committee Chairman
Simulations are computer programs which model or mimic the behavior of physical systems. They are used to predict or explore capabilities and limitations. With simulations, we can train pilots without leaving the ground, or test parts or components which haven't even been developed yet. Throughout the Artemis Project, simulations will be developed and used to verify designs, analyze mission parameters, provide training for astronauts, educate the public, and generate revenue.
The objective of the Simulation Technical Team of the Artemis Society International is to support all phases of the Artemis Project with accurate, timely, and cost-effective simulations. The types of simulations fall into four basic categories:
Unit engineering simulations -- accurate simulations of a single part of an Artemis vehicle. These simulations are most useful during the design process, and allow the development team to analyze numerous options before committing to a final design.
Multi-unit engineering simulations -- simulations which analyze the interaction of two or more systems. These simulations are also used during the design process, to find possible problems due to interaction of systems which, taken separately, function adequately. An example would be discovering that a fuel pump could not provide sufficient fuel to the engine to permit operation at maximum thrust.
Training Simulators -- used to familiarize personnel with the operation of complex equipment. Training systems are highly dependent upon the final design of the equipment. For the Artemis Project, the training simulators will utilize inputs from engineering simulations to minimize system development costs.
Entertainment simulations -- simulations which provide entertainment value, whether passive or interactive. These include virtual reality, ridefilms, video games, and flight simulators.
The Artemis Project provides a unique opportunity for simulation development. As a systems engineer, I relish the chance to work on a project like this from the very beginning. By applying the best techniques of software engineering now, at the beginning, we will be able to minimize development costs in the future without sacrificing accuracy.
By maintaining a consistent approach over the development of all simulations during the project, we will reduce the amount of redevelopment which commonly occurs on similar projects. We will find it easy to reuse "parts" of previously written programs for the training devices which we develop.
Inputs to simulations from technical groups will provide the tools to model the complex systems of the Artemis Project, from mission trajectories to LTV [Lunar Transfer Vehicle] design parameters. In return, the Simulation Technical Committee will provide the analyses which enable the engineers to improve their designs. We will teach the astronauts to fly, to ensure that they are safe and confident. Our simulations will help create the entertainment necessary to fund the Artemis Project, through virtual reality "tours," ridefilms, video games and flight simulators, all based on the real spacecraft under development. Through all this, we will help to inspire the public, and open their eyes to the endless possibilities.
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