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Munich University of Applied Sciences at SimSmackdown. In April 2013 the Munich University of Applied Sciences participated in a program called SISO Smackdown 2013


Munich University of Applied Sciences at SimSmackdown. In April 2013 the Munich University of Applied Sciences participated in a program called SISO Smackdown 2013. This international project consisted of a space simulation taking place in the Earth-Moon-System with several European and American University teams providing sub simulations. A master-federate provided the Earth-Moon-environment in the form of several coordinate reference frames. The Munich Team used the MATLAB Forward Sim HLA Toolbox in the course of a senior term project concerning space dynamics and contributed a space vehicle located at the far side of the Moon named “L2 Outpost”.

The task for us as newcomers in simulation programming was to create a code that met all the basic FOM requirements to take part in the federation and perform basic interactions such as subscribing to one of the reference frames. This was a challenging task since most of the team members working on the federate have an aerospace engineering background rather than programming background. Here it really helped to have a Toolbox that took care of all the basic HLA implementations so that we could concentrate on the space vehicles specific code snippets.

With the Help of Dan Verret at the SISO Smackdown in San Diego we finalized our code and during debugging discovered all glitches in our federate and even some minor glitches in the HLA Toolbox functions. This very direct feedback in both directions while working together with a Forward Sim specialist was a welcome contribution to both parties and to completing the task. Our simulation federate was a success in the end. The HLA Toolbox is very well explained in the delivered documentation and an easy to use program for creating federates especially for students with little programming background. We highly recommend it for academic use and will use it in further interoperable simulation projects!

User: Immanuel, Student Munich University of Applied Sciences