contact: Pasquale Tricarico <>


RendezvousWithVesta is a graphical software tool developed by Pasquale Tricarico at the Planetary Science Institute, in support to the NASA DAWN mission. It allows to accurately simulate the dynamics of a spacecraft orbiting the asteroid (4) Vesta. The motivations for developing this tool are:
The main features of RendezvousWithVesta are:
The output files generated are:

Screenshots & Animations

Mailing List

A mailing list is available to track issues related to this application: the ORSA-tools mailing list. Feel free to subscribe to it in order to receive announcements for new releases, to follow the development, and to help other users.


We make available RendezvousWithVesta as source code and as distribution packages for different platforms. The distribution packages do not require any system installation: after uncompressing them, you'll be ready to execute the main program. The MD5 checksum of each distribution package follows:
277ee64bfd5b0befe7d924b3b3fbc773 RendezvousWithVesta-1.0.1081-Linux-x86.tar.gz
To download each package follow this link.

Source Code

The source code is available as a Subversion repository. For instructions on how to retrieve it, see this page. In order to compile it you'll also need to install some required libraries. Please refer to the orsa.pri file for a list of references, or contact Pasquale Tricarico for support.


After extracting the content of the package with:
tar xvfz RendezvousWithVesta-1.0.1081-Linux-x86.tar.gz
start a terminal, cd into the new directory, and then execute the script ./

Mac OS X

After extracting the content of the package, start the Terminal application, usually found under Applications/Utilities, then cd into the new directory, and execute the script ./


After extracting the content of the package, cd into the new directory, and then double-click on the executable file RendezvousWithVesta.exe