As part of the NumFOCUS small development grants, the
poliastro/validation repository has
increased its activity in order to reach its main goal: validate poliastro's
most complex features against similar software.
One of those features are impulsive maneuvers (Hohmann and Bi-elliptic) when
applied to non-equatorial orbits. The absence of numerical results in literature
and similar sources, made impossible to test associated pieces of code to
impulsive maneuvers for orbits with inclination and spacecraft not placed in
periapsis. However, this situation has changed, as they are now validated
against Orekit and GMAT.
You can see corresponding pull-request for Hohmann
validation and Bi-elliptic
validation. Not only that, a
continuous integration tool has been setup. This ensures that if any bug is
introduced within main poliastro source code, we can detect it and fix it
without any problem.
One interesting thing is that …