Automatic Rendering of Astrodynamics Expressions for Efficient Evaluation
Healy, Liam M.
Travisano, Jeffrey J.
The Journal of the Astronautical Sciences, Vol. 46, No. 1, January-March 1998, pp. 65-81
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In this paper, we describe the automatic rendering of expressions computed using symbolic manipulation. Computations from astrodynamics frequently can be put in a fixed hierarchy of polynomials and Fourier series. Once in this form, FORTRAN subprograms can be generated automatically in a form that lends itself to numerical evaluation. The goal of the current work is to present an approach for using symbolic manipulation techniques to produce a Fortran representation of the normalized Hamiltonian and other supporting equations representing as many of the actual physical effects on satellites as possible.
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