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PSIMU is a tool allowing to propagate trajectories around the Earth. These trajectories may be elliptical ones (all kind of orbits, from LEO to GEO passing through MEO or HEO), hyperbolic ones or atmospheric ones (in particular in case of debris reentries).



PSIMU is usable via three modes:

  • GUI : its utilization is made user-friendly thanks to a graphical user interface (developed using GENIUS and GENOPUS) facilitating context elaboration and results exploitation,
  • Batch using a context file (in XML format),
  • Library via its Java interface. This mode allows to use it inside higher level tools (orbit restitution, maneuvers computation …).

Its initialization is made by:

  • The initial orbital parameters definition (epoch, frame, coordinates) with a great number of available options.
  • The vehicle modelling:
    • Different vehicle shapes (sphere, cylinder and parallelepiped) with or without solar panels,
    • Dimensions or surfaces,
    • Aerodynamic characteristics and/or radiative pressure ones,
    • Propulsive characteristics (engines, tanks).
  • A maneuver sequence (optional) including impulsive maneuvers and/or continuous ones
  • A sequence of attitude laws (optional) ; indeed, if PSIMU does not manage 6 DDL motion, it owns as input data, attitude laws depending on orbital events, allowing to know at every moment the vehicle attitude and thus, to deduce from it the forces applied to the vehicle.
  • Numerical integrator parametrization (Runge Kutta or Dormand Price) with, for usual applications, by default settings.
  • Choice of force models within:
    • Potential with several models available as the possibility to manage degree and order of zonal and tesseral terms,
    • Other bodies attraction : Moon and Sun via analytical or numerical ephemeris,
    • Atmospheric forces using different atmospheric models and their associated settings,
    • Solar radiative pressure (direct or rediffused one)
    • Oceanic and terrestrial tides.

PSIMU also allows to set its output data within several tens of variables, the output frame and, of course, the output step. A graphical interface for plots is also integrated.


Java ≥ 1.8 since V11.4 (Java ≥ 1.7 else)

Windows, Linux