It fills us with astronomical joy to announce the release of poliastro 0.14.0! 🚀
poliastro is a pure Python library that allows you to simulate and analyze interplanetary orbits in an interactive and easy way. It is used in academia and the industry by people from all around the world. You can install it using pip or conda:
pip install poliastro conda install poliastro --channel conda-forge
This release brought several major highlights and refactorings. The most important one is a new propagation algorithm based on Farnocchia, D., Cioci, D.B. & Milani, A. "Robust resolution of Kepler’s equation in all eccentricity regimes" (2013) that avoids numerical problems in the near parabolic region (eccentricity near 1). As a result, we can now propagate impact trajectories and orbits of distant comets without problems.
Other cool stuff:
- New API to retrieve ephemerides - Simple API to retrieve mean elements of Solar System planets - New color palette
Sixteen people contributed bug fixes and new features to this release. You can read the full release notes here:
If you want to know more, don't miss my talk on the Open Source Cubesat Workshop held at the European Space Operations Centre in 2017:
Please join our chat on Matrix/Riot and feel free to ask any questions you might have:
Per Python ad astra!