poliastro is archived and will not be developed any further, see #1640 for more context. Forks welcome, please respect the license by retaining attribution, and consider rebranding your fork if you intend to develop it in the long run. If you still use poliastro in your work, see below how to cite it. For a more complete background of the project, see https://conference.scipy.org/proceedings/scipy2022/juanluis_cano_poliastro.html. Per Python ad astra!
|poliastro||https://www.poliastro.space||Juan Luis Cano Rodriguez Jorge Martinez||poliastro development team||0.18.dev0|
poliastro is an open source (MIT) pure Python library for interactive Astrodynamics and Orbital Mechanics, with a focus on ease of use, speed, and quick visualization. It provides a simple and intuitive API, and handles physical quantities with units.
Some features include orbit propagation, solution of the Lambert's problem, conversion between position and velocity vectors and classical orbital elements and orbit plotting, among others. It focuses on interplanetary applications, but can also be used to analyze artificial satellites in Low-Earth Orbit (LEO).
If you use poliastro on your project, please let us know. Use the DOI to cite poliastro in your publications:
Juan Luis Cano Rodríguez, Jorge Martinez, et al.. (2023). poliastro: poliastro 0.17.0. Zenodo. 10.5281/zenodo.6817189
poliastro requires the following Python packages:
- numpy for basic numerical routines
- astropy for physical units and time handling
- numba for accelerating the code
- jplephem for the planetary ephemerides using SPICE kernels
- matplotlib for orbit plotting
- plotly for 2D and 3D interactive orbit plotting
- scipy for root finding and numerical propagation
poliastro is supported on Linux, macOS and Windows on Python 3.8 to 3.10.
Multiple installation methods are supported by poliastro, including:
For other installation methods, see the alternative installation methods.
Examples, background and talks
There is a great variety of examples demostrating the capabilities of poliastro. Examples can be accessed in various ways:
- Examples source code collected in the examples directory
- Rendered gallery of examples presented in the documentation
- Interactive examples powered by binder so users can try poliastro without installing it
poliastro is also promoted through conferences and talks. These are the latest talks in some of the most popular conferences about scientific software:
|SciPy 2022||Per Python ad astra: Interactive Astrodynamics with poliastro|
|OSCW 2019||Interplanetary mission analysis with poliastro|
|EuroSciPy 2019||Can we make Python fast without sacrificing readability? numba for Astrodynamics|
|EuroPython 2016||Per Python ad Astra|
poliastro is released under the MIT license, hence allowing commercial use of the library. Please refer to the COPYING file.
The MIT License (MIT) Copyright (c) 2012-2023 Juan Luis Cano Rodríguez, Jorge Martínez Garrido, and the poliastro development team Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions: The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software. THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.
If you are planning to use poliastro with commercial purposes consider sponsoring the project.
Problems and suggestions
If for any reason you get an unexpected error message or an incorrect result, or you want to let the developers know about your use case, please open a new issue in the issue tracker and we will try to answer promptly.
Contributing and community support
This project exists thanks to all the people who contribute! poliastro is a community project, hence all contributions are more than welcome! For more information, head to the CONTRIBUTING.md file.
Release announcements and general discussion take place on our mailing list.
For further clarifications and discussions, feel free to join poliastro's chat room.
Backers and sponsors
poliastro requires finnacial support to mantain its high quality standars. The money is used to renew the web domain and updating the documentation hosting subscription among others.
Thanks to all our backers!
Thanks to all our sponsors!
Frequently asked questions
What's up with the name?
poliastro comes from Polimi, which is the shortened name of the Politecnico di Milano, see the acknowledgement from the original author. Grazie mille!
Is poliastro validated?
Yes! poliastro is a community project that strives to be easy to use, while at the same time producing correct results that are validated against other commonly used Astrodynamics software such as GMAT and Orekit.
Can I suggest new features for poliastro?
Sure, we encourage you to open an issue so we can discuss future feature additions!
What's the future of the project?
poliastro is actively maintained and receiving an influx of new contributors thanks to the generous sponsorship of Google, the European Space Agency, and NumFOCUS. The best way to get an idea of the roadmap is to see the milestones of the project.