Podcast Episode 9: Moon vs Mars and Infrastructure and Imagination Leadership – SpaceQ

In this podcast episode I welcome back Wayne Ellis, a space and defence consultant with AppSpace Solutions of Winnipeg and past president of the CSS.

Source: Podcast Episode 9: Moon vs Mars and Infrastructure and Imagination Leadership – SpaceQ

SpaceQ Podcast Episode 6 – Catching Up On Current Events in the Canadian Space Community and the U.S. National Space Council – SpaceQ

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The latest SpaceQ podcast is out and we’re doing something a little different. Instead of an interview, my guest and I discussed notable current events.

Source: SpaceQ Podcast Episode 6 – Catching Up On Current Events in the Canadian Space Community and the U.S. National Space Council – SpaceQ

Canadian STK Case Study – Calculating Satellite Sensor Coverage to Optimize Viewing Opportunities

Canadian STK Case Study – Calculating Satellite Sensor Coverage to Optimize Viewing Opportunities

There is no doubt that the number of space systems has been steadily increasing over the past decade, and it is anticipated that hundreds to thousands will be added in the coming decade. A great majority of these systems will be Earth Observation (EO) satellites that are able to sense or take images of the planet via sensors such as cameras and radars. More specifically, they will be able to sense emitted or reflected energy from the ultraviolet to the visible and into the microwave spectrum. This is because the sensed energy can reveal different aspects about the scene under observation, and these aspects can translate into information on which subsequent decisions or actions might be made.


DRDC has developed a Multi-Sensor Acquisition Planning Tool

The coming glut of space-borne systems is both a benefit and a challenge to many organizations as they work to obtain the best benefit from them while reducing the cost to access them. Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) has been working for years to develop a multi-sensor acquisition planning tool with which they can compare various sensor/image-taking opportunities and determine which ones would best meet their acquisition needs.

DRDC has been leveraging STK, and in particular, STK Coverage in order to view, calculate and compare several sensor viewing opportunities to further their research into this operational problem. STK has a proven record of being able to integrate with other applications and data to enrich analysis and help solve sensor planning challenges. AGI worked with DRDC to put together a case study on this activity and it can be accessed here.

Get your team STK trained – STKCore(TM), 12-14 Sep 2017, Ottawa

Key aspects of STK Coverage are exercised during STKCore(TM) Training. The next serial (10 spots) is 12-14 Sep in Ottawa. Earlybird rates will expire mid-Aug so please register soon!wp-1493500806153.jpg


Next Serial of STKCore(TM) 12-14 Sep, Ottawa

Next Serial of STKCore(TM) 12-14 Sep, Ottawa


(Winnipeg) – We are now almost a quarter into this fiscal year and a couple of weeks after the Canadian Government released its latest Defence Policy – an ambitious document portending to expand the military budget some 70% over 10 years. In particular, it states specific support to surveillance from (Radarsat Constellation Mission) and of space (Sapphire, Surveillance of Space 2), as well as indicates an intention to outfit the 3 services with unmanned aerial vehicles or drones.  Let us also not forget the part about acquiring satellite communications for the Arctic!

Choosing the right assets as well as the sensor packages for those assets is a delicate operation, especially when one considers how inter-operable and inter-dependent the services have become over the years. Regrettably, there are still ‘stovepipes’ and ‘sacred cows’ and incredible obstacles to achieving innovation in defence acquisition. Fortunately, there are systems and system of systems analytical tools like Systems Toolkit (STK) that can help answer some of the questions regarding multi-domain mission effectiveness.

Earlybird Prices are now in effect until mid-Aug. Group prices are also available

AppSpace Solutions Inc will be hosting its next serial of STKCore(TM) Training during the period of 12-14 Sep 2017 in Ottawa.  This is an opportunity for project scientists, analysts and operators to get some hands-on this toolset so that they can leverage it for developing their mission concepts and, more importantly, communicating them to their stakeholders. So, while it is promising that Canada’s military has the government support to acquire new systems, it is helpful to leverage modeling, simulation and analysis technology to work towards getting the best capabilities at the best price.

STKCore(TM) Kicks Off Next Week

Excited to work with some folks next week in Ottawa with hands-on training in Systems Toolkit(STK). The course starts on 25 Apr and will begin with a deep dive of the various STK workspaces – getting set up for success! This will be followed by modeling of places, satellites, aircraft, sensors, etc – with Canadian scenarios from coast to coast to coast. We will look at various means of analyzing and sharing output on system mission effectiveness, as well as delve into the exciting world of dynamic 3D – Volumetrics! The event will take place at the CTCTrainCanada facility at Holland Cross, 11 Holland Ave, Suite 100. Registration is still possible – come join us!

Summit 2016 Now In The Books

We billed the event as one that would showcase space expertise and capability from the real centre of Canada, as well as bring in folks from across Canada and worldwide. By our estimation: it was a success!  We enjoyed the participation of over 100 space professionals, academics and students from across Canada and from other countries such as the United States, Australia and Azerbaijan. The multi-day event was a fantastic opportunity to discover the incredible footprint of space in and around Winnipeg, Manitoba.


Dr Vadim Rygalov from the University of North Dakota Space Studies

Leading us off was Magellan Aerospace, who not only stepped up as the Official Summit Sponsor, but who also provided a private tour of its space facilities, and had several staff give presentations including a keynote presentation by Mr Eric Choi, Senior Business Development Manager for their Space Business Unit.


We had incredible volunteer support for the Public Event and the Summit Conference.

This was followed by significant support from Manitoba Aerospace Inc as our Young Professionals Event (YPE) Sponsor, and the Manitoba Museum as our Public Event Sponsor, both of which allowed us to reach and connect to space professionals and enthusiasts in ways not seem before at other CSS Summits. The YPE was organized and coordinated by Khal Shariff, CEO of Project Whitecard and the Star Rangers Program.  He gathered several enticing speakers such as Chris Hall from “The Portal”, Tom Tessier from Solara, and Dr Steven Freeland from the Western Sydney University of Australia.

New for the Summit Public Event this year was the aspect of conducting it over 2 days at the Manitoba Museum versus our usually shorter, one event format. The Manitoba Museum was able to bring out many of its popular science and space activities while also permitting the CSS to conduct workshops in space art and rocketry, and to hold a space play called “Mars One”.

Similarly, we were pleased to have the Sponsor Support from other organizations such as UND Space Studies, Inland AV, Precision ADM, MDA Systems Ltd, Analytical Graphics Inc, AppSpace Solutions Inc, EnviroTrec, and The Canadian Mint.

Besides Mr Choi, the Summit enjoyed other keynotes such as Brigidier-General Blaise Frawley, Director General Space for DND, Ms Mary Preville, Director General Policy at the Canadian Space Agency, and Dr John Spray, Director of the Planetary and Space Science Centre at the University of New Brunswick. And finally, we were afforded the treat of hearing from Dr Steven Freeland as our Gala Dinner keynote.


The Canadian Space Leaders Roundtable offers the chance for space groups to discuss important advocacy issues.

The Summit was also host to several important workshops: the Canadian Space Leaders Roundtable, Workshop #1 of the Fourth Canadian Satellite Design Challenge, and the “Getting Space Into The Classroom” workshop. Thanks goes out to Kate Howells, Larry Reeves, and Jeff Cieszecki respectively for their support in putting these ‘side-events’ together.

A major thanks goes to our Winnipeg Summit 2016 Team!  Next year Summit 2017 will be in Ottawa, 21-22 November.