Congrats to UTIAS and the RMC Space Science Team – they will be excited to begin to work with their ADS-B payload to help improve aircraft situational awareness from space.
Very proud to have been asked to come back to RMC to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of our inaugural Space Science class. Former and current RMC Space Science staff put together a fantastic agenda which included tours of much-expanded space technology classrooms and workshops, and which culminated in hearing some words from Jeremy Hansen.
I was pleased to learn this week that I had successfully completed my advanced STK Master Certification for current version 11.1. STK Certification happens in two stages: you first complete a Basic Certification that essentially exposes you to the significant functionality of STK Free. Upon successful completion of that, you can go on to register for the advanced certification.
The nice thing is that AGI provides you the licenses and 2 weeks to complete the test (which is comprised of multiple choice questions and scenario deliverables such as reports, graphs, images and movies – a real comprehensive slice of your STK competency!). The other nice thing is that you can do it on your own time (and maybe on your Boss’ time if they recognize the potential of the investment).
The AGI Training Team provides lots of training tutorials to get you quickly up to speed. It is actually quite interesting to go through the various scenarios and discover your ability to approach the problem from different perspectives.
There has been some hype regarding the lack of communication with a Chinese space station (see related article here). By applying the free version of System ToolKit (STK), I was able to download the latest ephemeris file on the object and load it into the application. I then created a rough area around Canada and calculated access from the station to it (to give a sense of its orbital path in relation to Canada). As you can see from above, the orbital inclination of the space station barely touches the southern Canadian border. So, even if the station were to break up in the Earth’s atmosphere, its pieces would likely not impact on our soil.
Telesat President and CEO Dan Goldberg is confident that the operator is on the right path to developing a constellation of Ka-band High Throughput Satellites (HTS) in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) to serve broadband customers around the world.
MDA Corp. Chief Executive Daniel E. Friedmann’s decision to leave his job after 20 years at first blush looks like an injustice:He carries the wrong passport (Canadian) for a company whose growth is in part tied to U.S. government contracts, and he lives in the wrong place – British Columbia, not Palo Alto, California, where MDA’s growth engine, satellite builder SSL, is located.