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.


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.

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.