In order to specify the “COMOVA” application related input, the user opens the *.comova-file in the COMOVA editor shown in the figure below.

The COMOVA editor contains four pages:

  • Physics: parameters for reflection and scattering of molecules during the mission as well as density and constituents of the atmospheric conditions the spacecraft will pass.
  • Ray-tracing and Numerics: allows fine adjustment of ray-tracing details (ray-tracing is the most time consuming activity in COMOVA).
  • Results: specification which results shall be produced.
  • Ground Test Time Steps: allows the input of time steps, which are need for a COMOVA ground test analysis.