Configuring Complex Sensors – Attacking Fires with New Approaches

FireTeamContactv2(The Fire Front lines, Canada) The Canadian fire season is well upon us, and though many of us have been seeing our fair share of soggy weather lately, the sad trend is that the climate is getter warmer and many areas where our forests live are getting dryer. I was recently at the Earth Observation Summit in Montreal and one of the unique problem sets for remote sensing stakeholders is the leveraging of many sensor types and systems in the fight against forest fires. Common assets are satellites and aircraft to be sure, but the growing variety and usefulness of drones have raised their profile quite a bit.

Systems Toolkit is versatile in helping to model, analyze and convey the mission effectiveness of multi-domain assets. Beyond just the assets themselves, users can attach complex sensors to the assets and analyze them for obscuration from the asset body or Earth’s terrain. Further, objects on the ground can be modeled for terrain masking qualities. In the attached graphic, a Fire Team’s field of regard is qualified by the mountainous terrain, thus giving insight to mission planners for ensuring air-to-ground connectivity. This capability comes with the STK Pro module and is just one of the features explored during STKCore(TM) training.  The next serial is 12-14 September 2017, Ottawa, Canada.


First Serial of STKCore Impactful

First Serial of STKCore Impactful

AppSpace Solutions Inc’s(APS) first serial of the new STKCore (TM) training took place in the nation’s capital last week. APS leveraged the professional facilities of ctc TrainCanada to host this new STK training – a facility that Analytical Graphics Inc (AGI) has used in the past for some of its customized training offerings.wp-1493500779676.jpg
This first instance of STKCore (TM) included participants from DND, DRDC and Telesat, who were able to explore the STK workspace via diverse scenarios taking place on both coasts, central Canada and also the Arctic. The scenarios included space, air and land vehicles, and tackled modeling problems such as Search and Rescue, Energy Protection and even Climate Change!CummCov_Graph

APS is currently looking to establish its next serial in early fall. This next course will see some of the material updated, but the major change will be the inclusion of STK version 11.2, which was just released a week and a half ago.UAV_routes

Organizations interested in being notified of upcoming STKCore(TM) courses can contact APS directly, follow this website/blog, follow APS via Twitter(@WayneAEllis1) or even LinkedIn. Organizations can also work with APS to set up their own STKCore (TM) course for their employees and/or partners.

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.

CanX-7 Aircraft Tracking and Deorbiting Demo Satellite Launched, Contacted, and Healthy | UTIAS Space Flight Laboratory

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.

Source: CanX-7 Aircraft Tracking and Deorbiting Demo Satellite Launched, Contacted, and Healthy | UTIAS Space Flight Laboratory

e-Veritas » 21364 Jeremy Hansen: Space Science graduate returns for the weekend

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.

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