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Overview of Contributor Resources

You, your business, or your organization can get involved in the GMAT project in numerous ways. We use an open source model  and welcome new contributors to the project, either as users providing feedback about the features of the system, or developers interested in contributing to the implementation of the system.  If you're interested in the project and want to get involved, thank you! This page contains some ideas that will get you started.

Exploring GMAT

Are you interested in mission design?

See our Mathematical Specification in PDF form. Unfortunately the LaTeX code for this isn't available publicly right now, but comments and suggestions are welcome.

We have a Mission Librarythat contains sample scripts demonstrating features and modeling real-world missions. Pick your favorite mission and try modeling it in GMAT, then upload the script to the library. Some ideas include:

  • International Space Station
  • Space Shuttle missions
  • Apollo
  • Cassini
Do you like software development?
  • Our public source code is located on SourceForge's SVN servers: Check out the trunk directory for the current development code.

  • We have a public bug tracker. There are plenty of open bugs that many users would love to see fixed, ranging from those that require 5 minutes of effort up to ones that require intensive engineering knowledge.
  • Check out our development blog for updates about GMAT development issues, including tutorials on how to build the code and how to write custom plugins.
Do you simply enjoy space and open source?
  • Check out our project forums. There's usually some discussion going on that may interest you.

  • Follow our blog, which features updates on new GMAT developments and releases.
  • Try some of the sample missions in our Mission Library. You may be inspired to create your own!

Contributing to User Documentation

GMAT has a comprehensive User's Guide available in pdf, html, and Windows help formats.   The User's Guide is written in XML and published using DocBook.  All files required to write and build Users Guide are located in our SourceForge repository.  You can contribute to the user's guide in many ways including

  • Writing new tutorials
  • Reviewing and editing pages
  • Migrating data from engineering specs to the User's Guide.

For more information see the User's Guide launchpad.

Contributing to Testing

GMAT is a complex system used to support operational spacecraft.  We have extensive policies and procedures for testing GMAT.   and requires extensive testing.  We have

Contributing to Development

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