The modified Picard-Chebyshev method, when run in parallel, is thought to be more accurate and faster than the most efficient sequential numerical integration techniques when applied to orbit propagation problems. Previous experiments have shown that the modified Picard-Chebyshev method can have up to a one order magnitude speedup over the 12th order Runge-Kutta-Nystrom method. For this study, the evaluation of the accuracy and computational time of the modified Picard-Chebyshev method, using the Java Astrodynamics Toolkit high-precision force model, is conducted to assess its runtime performance. Simulation results of the modified Picard-Chebyshev method, implemented in MATLAB and the MATLAB Parallel Computing Toolbox, are compared against the most efficient first and second order Ordinary Differential Equation (ODE) solvers. A total of six processors were used to assess the runtime performance of the modified Picard-Chebyshev method. It was found that for all orbit propagation test cases, where the gravity model was simulated to be of higher degree and order (above 225 to increase computational overhead), the modified Picard-Chebyshev method was faster, by as much as a factor of two, than the other ODE solvers which were tested.
|Commitee:||Besnard, Eric, Esfandiari, Ramin, Shankar, Praveen|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|Department:||Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 51/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Aerospace engineering, Astrophysics, Computer science|
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