The satellite catalog is a build-in database in Valispace that consists of components, constants and parameters commonly used in spacecraft design. Watch this tutorial video to learn more:
The catalog consists of three sections
the Orbital parameters
and the Satellite.
In the Constants section, physical constants (e.g. speed of light and gas constant), parameters of the Sun, the Earth, the Moon and the solar system's planets and material and propellant properties are given as Valis. Use the Constants section to quickly import Valis into your project.
The Orbital parameters section gives a set of values for an arbitrary orbit. In here, some orbit parameters are automatically calculated and plotted with a set of input values. Change the input values to your hearts desire to quickly visualise different orbits.
The Satellite section consists of a database of pre-made components. It is split up into 8 subsections, one for every subsystem of a typical satellite. It provides a list of off-the-shelf components as well as "example" components. The off-the-shelf components are imported from trusted sources and can be immediately used in your design. The example components can be used to easily configure your design without the hassle of having to create a lot of new Valis.
Use the off-the-shelf components to quickly build up your design, or simply import a component for the sake of not having to create a lot of Valis. The components contain commonly used parameters which can be easily configured to your own design. The components are named according to their performance in an area important for the respective component. For instance, the name of a thruster contains it's thrust levels and on what type of propulsion system it is based. Furthermore, the components are ordered by their performance in the same area. All components contain a description saying what the source of the data is. This can be used to verify the data and possibly to make purchase orders.
Accessing the Database
To access the satellite database, go to the Catalog website. Log in with the following credentials:
- Username: catalog
- Password: valispace
Export from the Catalog
After logging in, you should find yourself in the catalog home screen. To export a component, follow these steps:
- Navigate to the component which you want to export
- right-click on the component and select "Export JSON". This creates a JSON file containing all the information about the component.
- Save the file somewhere where you can easily find it.
Import from the Catalog
To import a component, follow these steps:
- Navigate in your own Valispace deployment to the location in your project where you want to import the component
- Right-click the to-be parent component and select "Import JSON"
- Either drag-and-drop the JSON file from your local machine into the dialog box or click on the dialog box to manually navigate to the directory where you saved the file
The component is now imported into your project.
We created a short catalog tutorial that shows you how to build your own satellite.
In the catalog you will also find the solution to our Fan Tutorial.
Moreover, in our Advanced Tutorial: Saturn V Rocket you will make use of the catalog to run your simulations.