Target Planner is an algorithm and interface embedded in STK SOLIS that enables users to easily plan and execute spacecraft targeting operations to maximize use of the spacecraft timeline.
- Leverages STK/Access to seamlessly integrate targeting constraints; including temporal, distance, angle, lighting, etc…
- Incorporates real-time knowledge of spacecraft agility to determine optimal slew durations
- Establishes a proven process for rapidly creating and adapting complex spacecraft operations
Users configure the Target Planner by defining and assigning targeting configurations:
- Target dwell duration
- STK/Access constraints
- Spacecraft orientation
- Sequence(s) to command relative to target arrival and departure
Targets are assigned priorities to help determine the scheduling when conflicts occur.
Target Planner output is a real spacecraft command sequence that can be executed by the flight software.
Time-based and target-based summaries are provided for review.
The Target Planner process utilizes real-time operating constraints rather than worst-case conditions to determine an optimal command schedule by giving preference to priority targets and expiring targets while minimizing slew times. A higher-priority target is guaranteed not to be missed due to the scheduling a lower-priority target.