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Hard reformat week

By Jorge Martínez Garrido

Reformat on poliastro.atmosphere

After implementing the COESA62 and COESA76 models in #738 I was not completly happy because of lots of data and coefficients at the beginning of each script. Therefore and after asking Juanlu, it was finally decided to move all those numbers to text files under the *.dat extension.

Furthermore, I decided not only to do that but also to completely reformat the poliastro.atmosphere module:

  • base.py: holds different mother classes for atmospheric models.
  • coesa62.py: U.S Standard Atmosphere 1962 model.
  • coesa76.py: U.S Standard Atmosphere 1976 model.
  • util.py: contains atmospheric utilities.

Documentation was also added together with a notebook to better see not only how these objects work but their differences in output results. In the following image properties for COESA76 against geometrical altitude are plotted:

COESA76

Reformat on poliastro.bodies

While working on the previous module, Eleftheria completed #746 and was merged. This allowed me to start working on Sun-synchronous orbits for any Solar System body since sidereal times were added. However, a small bug was introduced, since inheritance was not properly structured. Taking advantage of this, Juanlu decided to reformat poliastro.bodies, poliastro.coordinates and poliastro.frames.

Previous changes can be checked at #763. Since this is a "critical" issue, I am redirecting all my efforts towards it to check and adapt different modules and tests that depend on previous ones.

Last evaluations and code submissions

Previous issue and associated ones may lead to a delay for SS0 orbits to be merged. Any work produced after August 26th will not be taken into account, however, it does not mean to stop contributing to poliastro.

Lots of things still need to be done for the 0.14 version such as:

  • Pass frames in StaticOrbitPlotter.
  • Properly define SS barycenter and EM barycenter.
  • Test cases against Orekit, GMAT...
  • Implement new orbit creation methods.

Most of them require deep analysis since, again, they are critical issues.

But even if GSOC ends I will be still contributing to poliastro for sure. It is not only the number of thigns I have learned since I enjoyed the project but the people involved in it.