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Astos Solutions News

ASTOS Down Under: AURC Sponsorship

[2019-05-20] We are proud to be a Sponsor of this year's Australian Universities Rocket Competition AURC for the first time. All University teams have been granted academic licenses of ASTOS and ASTOS Amateur Rocket Edition for the preparation for the competition. The final competition has taken place alongside the rocketry festival Thunda Down Under 2019 17 - 19 April 2019.

We express our congratulations to all teams who have taken up this challenge and are especially happy with this year's winners of the AURC!

10,000 ft Runner-up: USYD Rocketry Team
10,000 ft Winner: UQ Space
30,000 ft Runner-up: Monash High Powered Rocketry (HPR)
30,000 ft Winner: RMIT University
Overall Competition Winner: UQ Space


See this LinkedIn post for more links and pictures.

Gladly again in the coming year!

ASTOS 9.7 Released

[2019-05-20] Since our last news update several months ago ASTOS has evolved from version 9.3 to 9.7 while new features have been added and existing ones have been improved:

  • An option to model the propellant management system has been added which improves the accuracy of the detailed vehicle design process.
  • The Interplanetary Transfer Analysis supports now transfers between any two celestial bodies inside the solar system, e.g. a Moon-Mars transfer. It is no longer required that the departure and the arrival celestial body have a common central body.
  • In the launch safety analysis the explosion energy considered for the blast calculation is now customizable.
  • A polyhedron gravity field model has been added allowing to model celestial bodies with complex and irregular gravity fields.
  • LTAN can be used to specify the RAAN for Frozen Orbit and Ground Repeat Orbit.

ASTOS 9.3 Released

[2018-09-28] The release 9.3 introduces a new interface to the DCAP multi-body dynamics simulation software. This functionality is mainly supporting detailed closed-loop simulations.

ASTOS 9 Released!


The new major release 9 of the analysis, simulation and trajectory optimization software for space applications ASTOS is now available for download.

Release 9.0.0 of ASTOS represents a milestone in the long history of this product. It supports now system concept analysis and comprises complete mission analysis capabilities required for e.g. Earth observation missions, as well as launch and reentry safety analyses.

In contrast to its previous releases, ASTOS 9 is solely 64-bit application and is therefore prepared for large and complex scenarios and computations.

Its Simulink® interface and its detailed models for sensors and actuators that comprise flexible error modelling capabilities let this ASTOS version be prepared for MIL, PIL and even HIL applications. Latter is possible due to a cooperation with dSPACE® and the support of their their SCALEXIO® real-time processing platform including a wide range of interface cards.

Of course, also the latest release of ASTOS is an ideal tool for trajectory optimization and multi-disciplinary vehicle design.

Simulink is a registered trademark of The Mathworks, Inc.
SCALEXIO is a registered trademark of dSPACE GmbH.

Lunar Exploration Mission Planning


After focusing on Mars for years, the scientific community has re-discovered the Moon as study subject.

Astos Solutions just delivered software to ESA/ESTEC that supports mission planning and the identification of suitable landing sites. Installed on a 65" touch screen table, scientists and enthusiasts have access to an intuitive tool that provides high resolution information on local resources (e.g. hydrogen, rare earths and metal abundances), terrain and illumination conditions.

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