(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.
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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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Although its Letter of Interest (LOI) request has been out for a couple of days, senior members of Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) took the opportunity of the CADSI Military Outlooks to advertise this new $133M program (over 5 years) to industry and government partners. It has a particular focus on conducting R&D for continental surveillance, and in particular the Arctic.
The attached video describes a Modeling, Simulation and Analysis approach to examining the capabilities and effects of several possible surveillance assets such as satellites and UAVs, as well as analyzing their possible communications links. Systems Toolkit (STK)® is particularly adept at analyzing system of systems, sensor mixes and performing trade-off analyses of options. You can contact Wayne Ellis at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about the capabilities of STK®.