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Aerospace Toolbox

Analyze and visualize aerospace vehicle motion using reference standards and models

Aerospace Toolbox provides standards-based tools and functions for analyzing the motion, mission, and environment of aerospace vehicles. It includes aerospace math operations, coordinate system and spatial transformations, and validated environment models for interpreting flight data. The toolbox also includes 2D and 3D visualization tools and standard cockpit instruments for observing vehicle motion.

You can import Data Compendium (DATCOM) files into MATLAB® or a Fixed Wing Aircraft object to obtain vehicle aerodynamics. Combining aerodynamics with reference parameters, you can define your aircraft configuration and dynamics to perform control design and flying qualities analysis.

Aerospace Toolbox lets you design and analyze scenarios consisting of satellites and ground stations. You can propagate satellite trajectories from orbital elements, orbital mean-elements messages (OMM), or two-line element sets. You can also load in satellite and constellation ephemerides, import space weather, perform mission analysis tasks such as line-of-sight access, and visualize scenarios on a 3D globe. The toolbox enables you to identify eclipse intervals of satellites and ground stations, point satellites, and sensors at specific targets or specify custom attitude profiles.

Overview of Aerospace Toolbox capabilities.

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Explore examples that illustrate analyzing and visualizing aerospace vehicle motion

Control and Stability Analysis

Define aircraft configuration and dynamics to perform control design and flying qualities analysis

Satellite Mission Analysis

Model and visualize satellite scenarios using a satelliteScenario object; use functions to support Aerospace Blockset™ spacecraft

Vehicle Motion Analysis

Tools and functions for analyzing the motion of aerospace vehicles

Data Import

Import DATCOM data into MATLAB environment

Coordinate Systems

Represent aircraft and spacecraft motion and orientation

Unit Conversions

Conversion of units, such as mass, pressure, and density, and time calculations


General atmospheric profiles such as ISA, COESA; nonstandard day simulations; lapse rate atmosphere; pressure altitude

Flight Parameters

Analyze vehicle flight dynamics and motion in MATLAB using aerospace flight parameters

Gas Dynamics

Flow relations, such as isentropic, normal shock, Rayleigh, Fanno, and Prandtl-Meyer

Visualize Trajectory and Attitude

View vehicle dynamics in 3-D flight paths and trajectories; create Apps with flight instruments