International UC 2018

Dates: 29 October – 1 November 2018
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Description: Join us for senior-level keynote briefings and mission-specific examples that highlight:
  • space situational awareness
  • cross-domain integration efforts
  • employing a multi-level modeling environment to support analysis and engineering activities across the acquisition, development, operations and sustainment life cycles
We will also showcase STK 11’s newest features!
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Pre-UC hands-on training courses

Location: Bellesalle Roppongi Conference Center - Roppongi Grand Tower
Tokyo, Japan
Date/Time: 29 October 2018 / 1:00pm - 5:00pm JST
30 October 2018 / 9:00am - 5:00pm JST
Cost: Free
Description: Join us for one and a half days of hands-on training classes before the start of the conference. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to learn some of the more advanced AGI capabilities from our subject matter experts.

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Attendees will learn how to use the following tools:  View details...

Attendees will learn how to do the following:  View details...

  • Automating and Extending the STK Desktop
    • Understand the STK Desktop API – Object model and Connect
    • Connect from external applications to automate tasks, add data, and query results
    • Building and deploying COM and Script based Engine Plugins
    • Modify and extend the Desktop interface with UI Plugins
  • STK Engine and Scalability Server
    • Build custom applications with STK Engine
    • STK Scalability Server for parallel and cluster computing
    • Explore example applications and use cases
  • STK Components and STK Web Visualization Library (formally Cesium Pro)
    • Learn and use the different libraries and capabilities in STK Components
    • Build scalable applications and RESTful web services
    • Create dynamic 3D web client applications to visualize modeling and analysis outputs
  • Geospatial Content Servers
    • STK Terrain Server for web based visualization of DTM
    • 3DTiles for visualizing massive 3D datasets on the web
    • Introduction to the Cesium Ion platform


Attendees will use ODTK to:  View details...

  • Perform Orbit Determination
    • Sequential Processing (Filter, Smoother)
    • Batch Processing (Least Squares)
  • Understand the Stochastic Model
    • Stochastic model parameters
    • Effects on OD results
  • Calibrate Telescopes
    • How to get reference ephemeris
    • ODTK stochastic model
    • Calibration best practices
  • Deal with Maneuvers
    • Insert known maneuvers
    • Estimate unknown maneuvers
    • Recognize maneuver signatures


** Limited seating. Courses run simultaneously. You can only select one training option.
Look out for virtual training classes leading up to this event, or go through material on your own.

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Private "Japanese Customers Only" Technical Session

This exclusively Japanese session will revisit some of the main topics from the General session of the UC and present relevant space, defense and intelligence case studies to our Japanese customers and government officials.

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If you're interested in exhibiting or speaking at this event, please register on the "Registration" tab and email Abstracts are due by 7 September 2018, presentations due by 15 October 2018.

Each speaking slot will be 20 mins with the option of 10 mins Q&A (30 mins total).

Current Sponsors:

ASI Advanced Solutions, Inc. (ASI) is an innovative engineering firm in Denver Colorado (USA) providing unmatched products and engineering talent to aerospace. Their team of highly-talented and highly-motivated professionals have broad experience in complex system and software solutions. Their expertise in the Aerospace fields include Spacecraft Guidance Navigation and Control Systems, Ground Data Systems and Simulators, Avionics and Flight Software, and Systems Design and Development. ASI’s core products include their MAX (Modular Autonomous eXtendable) Flight Software and SOLIS (Spacecraft Object Library In STK), which embeds a complete spacecraft simulation environment within STK.

Current Speakers:

Diogo Rodrigues
Diogo Rodrigues

Bio: Diogo Rodrigues (MSc. Space Studies) is General Manager at LASS TECH Consulting. After having worked 10 years for AGI managing the European, South American and Middle Eastern Markets Diogo has founded LASS TECH Consulting which aims to provide technical and commercial consultancy services for innovative companies seeking to establish and sustain a solid presence in the Middle East. LASS TECH Consulting is also the Master Representative for AGI in the Middle East. Besides bringing a diverse experience in the Aerospace and Defense market, Diogo has also introduced COTS technology to several new customers, explored new use cases and helped organizations fully leverage from the benefits of using COTS technology. Prior to AGI, Diogo also conducted Space mission analysis work for the European Space Operations Center (ESOC), NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) and Dassault Aviation. Diogo holds a MSc. in Space Studies from the International Space University (ISU) in Strasbourg and an Aerospace Engineering degree from Instituto Superior Tecnico in Lisbon.

Presentation: AGI and HITL Simulation using COTS (view summary)

Thanks to the massification and cost reduction of electronics it is now possible to create complex, miniaturized, inexpensive test benches using standard COTS Hardware and Hardware. The purpose of this presentation is to elaborate on Space and Defense Hardware-In-The-Loop Simulation Architectures which benefit from the use of AGI Technology, and demonstrate simple examples using COTS Hardware/Software. We will also address best practices, lessons learned.

Doug Cather
Doug Cather

Bio: Doug Cather serves as the space operations technical director for AGI, bringing thirty five years of experience in all phases of space operations, mission and systems analysis, and application development. Doug spent twenty five years with TRW/Northrop Grumman, working on various civil, DOD, and IC space missions. He was among the first in the industry to completely automate daily orbital operations in the late 1980s and early 1990s and has since been the primary architect of 3 more generations of automated orbital operations. Doug spent 4 years with Rincon Research Corporation where he performed non-cooperative orbit determination and RFI geolocation. He holds several patents related to non-cooperative maneuver detection and characterization. Doug has extensive experience in trajectory and station-keeping planning and execution. He has operations experience with launch and early orbit, routine mission, end-of-life, and special mission operations.

Presentation: Detect, Characterize, and Recover from Maneuvers Using Real-Time Kalman-Filter Based Orbit Determination (view summary)

For effective Space Situational Awareness (SSA), the rapid detection and characterization of maneuvers is an essential component in assessing threat and flight safety concerns. Accurate characterization of a detected maneuver allows for the rapid maneuver recovery and time to assess if any conjunctions or potential threats may exist. The Kalman-filter based Orbit Determination (OD) tool ODTK is used to enable rapid maneuver detection and accurate maneuver characterization which will enable those flight safety assessments.

Dr. Chen-Joe Fong
Dr. Chen-Joe Fong

Bio: Chen-Joe Fong is the FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC Program Director, and FORMOSAT-7/COSMIC-2 Program Systems Lead of National Space Organization (NSPO), National Applied Research Laboratory, Taiwan. He leads a six spacecraft constellation system team for global GNSS Radio Occultation (RO) mission. He received his BSEE, MSEE, and PhD degree in Electro-Physics and Electro-Optical Engineering from National Chiao-Tung University, Taiwan, in 1983, 1985, and 2009, respectively. He led an Anomaly Resolution Team during the FORMOSAT-3 L&EO and mission operation phases since 2006 and was a program systems engineering (SE) manager during 2003~2006. He was the FORMOSAT-3 resident team leader at Orbital Sciences Corp. during 2002~2003. He joined NSPO in 1993 and later acted as satellite Integration & Test (I&T) FORMOSAT-1 (aka ROCSAT-1) project manager and I&T division director. He was a ROCSAT-1 resident team member at TRW, Inc. to build the Engineering Development Model and was promoted as an I&T Test manager during 1995~1997. He was Microwave Lab head at CMS and was a systems engineer in CAST of Industrial Technology Research Institute for ROCSAT-1 program during 1987~1993. His research interests include GNSS RO and Reflection, CubeSat, model-based SE. He is a member of IEEE, AIAA, OSA, APS, AASRC and Phi-Tau-Phi.

Presentation: The Next-Generation Accurate and Stable Thermometer in Space: FORMOSAT-7/COSMIC-2 (view summary)

The FORMOSAT-7/COSMIC-2 is a joint collaboration program between Taiwan and US to serve as the follow-on “Operational Mission” of FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC, which was a joint US-Taiwan 6-satellite constellation demonstration mission launched in April 2006, is intended to provide continuity of GPS-RO data as well as provide the next generation of Global Navigation Satellite Systems-RO (GNSS-RO) data to the global users. The FORMOSAT-7 mission aims to collect atmospheric and ionospheric soundings globally through a constellation system of six satellites, providing high temporal resolution and high data quality. The design, integration and test (I&T), and verification of the spacecraft heritage from the spacecraft bus designed by Surrey Satellites Technology Ltd (SSTL) of UK are important drivers and selected in this joint system to obtain measurement data in time for the meteorological forecasting cycle in order to meet the technically challenging requirements. The paper will provide an overview of the verification and validation (V&V) of the FORMOSAT-7/COSMIC-2 satellite system constellation to achieve from the launch and early orbit (L&EO) check-out phase to normal operation phase. We will also present the GNSS radio occultation simulation event through AGI STK tool with Matlab interfaces.

Giuseppe Corrao
Giuseppe Corrao

Bio: With more than 16 years of experience in the Aerospace & Defense sector, Giuseppe got a broad knowledge and understanding of many different topics: - Space Mission Analysis & Design in any orbit regime: LEO, MEO,GEO and Interplanetary - Design of Mission Planning System for EO satellites and development of relevant optimization algorithms - Orbit Determination for LEO, GEO and Lunar Missions - Ballistic Missile Defense - Interceptor guidance & control - Large-scale, real-time simulations using DIS/HLA Giuseppe is a STK Certified engineer with development skills (C#, VB.NET, Java, VBScript, Matlab) and a large background about mathematical modeling & simulation in any of those environments.

Presentation: Satellite Constellation Station Keeping Custom Application (view summary)

Sky and Space Global (SAS) is operating a constellation of 3 propulsionless nano-satellites for narrow band communication services as a concept demonstrator for a large (200 satellites) constellation providing full equatorial coverage. An STK/Astrogator automation has been developed to plan the station keeping activities over time. The satellites attitude is systematically changed in order to generate the proper differential drag force and keep the three satellites in formation flying. The tool takes the current satellite’s TLEs as input and provides a maneuver list as output, evaluating parameters such as the Semimajor Axis and the In-track distances as control parameters and allowing the user to evaluate the effectiveness of the proposed maneuver by using STK and its data providers.

Hiroka Inoue
Hiroka Inoue

Bio: Hiroka Inoue received the B. E. and M. E. degree from Keio University, Yokohama, Japan in 2014 and 2016, respectively. She is now a research and development staff of Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and belongs to JAXA Lunar and Planetary Exploration Data Analysis group (JLPEDA). She participates in Martian Moons Exploration (MMX) mission by operation analysis and the lunar polar exploration missions by the data analysis of lunar data. Her current research interests include path planning or landing site selection for planetary rovers or landers.

Presentation: Feasibility studies of Martian Moons Exploration (MMX) by STK/SOLIS (view summary)

Martian Moons Exploration (MMX) is the mission that will travel to Mars and survey the red planet’s two moons; Phobos and Deimos. The spacecraft will explore both moons and collect a sample from one of the moons to bring back to Earth. MMX spacecraft consists of various kinds of subsystems (e.g., communication, propulsion, electrical power, thermal). We have developed the simulators for each subsystem but did not have the integrated simulator. For verifying the feasibility and finding risks latent in the operation, we need to make the integrated analysis. We are able to deliberately design the spacecraft or consider the operation schedule (such as link budget and battery status with eclipse condition) by simulating with all subsystems integrated. For the MMX mission, especially around the Mars and Phobos, various kinds of subsystems or environmental factors interact with each other complicatedly. In this presentation, we present simulation results obtained for the phases 1) just before arriving at Mars, 2) orbiting around Phobos, and 3) landing on Phobos.

Jim Cooper
Jim Cooper

Bio: Jim Cooper joined Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI) in August of 2016 as a Senior Systems Engineer supporting the Space Situational Awareness (SSA) Solutions Business Unit for DOD, IC and International Government organizations. He supports strategy and business execution to deliver commercial SSA solutions to government and military organizations worldwide, including the strategic pursuit and development of large, long-term program opportunities and enterprise accounts. Mr. Cooper has 29 years of professional experience in SSA policy, operations, international engagement, and funding support. Prior to joining AGI, Mr. Cooper provided SETA support for 16 years to HQ USAF/A3 for the SSA mission area. In this capacity, he advocated for SSA in the Planning, Programming, Budgeting and Execution (PPBE) process, supported SSA operational concerns and policy development, and conducted international engagement in SSA for the AF/A3. After graduating with a B.S from the US Air Force Academy in 1985, Mr. Cooper served in the USAF for 8 years as an Orbital Analyst in the Space Surveillance Center at Cheyenne Mountain AFB, CO, and a Master Instructor for Undergraduate Space Training at Lowry AFB, CO. Upon separating from the USAF, he worked as a commercial diver for 4 years in oilfield support and inland marine facility inspection. Mr. Cooper is married to Mrs. Sarah Cooper; they are the parents of two children – Zachary, 11 years old, and Elizabeth, 7 years old.

Presentation: SSA Mission Area Challenges and Opportunities (view summary)

The presentation will describe the current and future challenges in the SSA mission area due to the congested and contested nature of the space domain. It will also describe the potential opportunities available to manage these challenges to generate operationally relevant SSA for end users.

Karynna Tuan
Karynna Tuan

Bio: Karynna completed her degree in the Aerospace Engineering Sciences department at the University of Colorado. She received a concurrent B.S. and M.S. degree with a focus on Bioastronautics, the study and support of humans in space. Karynna started at Analytical Graphics Inc. (AGI), as a systems engineer with the Corporate Engineering team at headquarters in Exton, PA. She has been working from AGI's Singapore office, supporting customers/partners in the Asia Pacific area for two years.

Presentation: Advanced Aircraft Modeling Using Aviator Pro (view summary)

STK’s Aviator module has been around for 15 years and over that time, we have grown from a simple GreatArc propagator to a full-blown Flight application programming interface (API), which allows users to define detailed flight characteristics, performance models, procedures sites, and maneuvers and strategies for aircraft and UAVs. Aviator is the third generation of our aircraft module, which yielded hundreds of usability improvements and integrated additional capabilities for added realism, including wind models, non-standard atmospheres, and the ability to fly guidance commands. Aviator Pro extends the modeling capabilities of Aviator by providing a host of advanced aircraft maneuvers, an Air Combat Simulation Tool, and by adding user-defined missile and rotorcraft modeling. Flight missions with more complexity that involve coordinated interactions of multiple aircraft can be designed and modeled with the Flight API in the STK environment. This extension of Aviator offers a selection of real guidance strategies without future knowledge of the target object’s route, so that the aircraft reacts in simulated real-time to the target object’s maneuvering. These strategies include stationkeeping, relative bearing, intercept, and rendezvous/formation, as well as the flexibility for users to define custom flight strategies through MATLAB functions.

Kevin Flood
Kevin Flood

Bio: Kevin Flood is AGI’s Vice President of Engineering. He is responsible for developing AGI’s end-user community, product support staff, field support engineers, and identify new and emerging product requirements. He joined AGI in 2002 as a product manager on the Business Development team. Prior to coming to AGI, he was vice president of engineering and program management at ORBIT/FR where he oversaw the development and production of test-and-measurement systems for RF and microwave antennas. He was also Vice President of Research for Tolly Research, Research Director for LSA, Inc., and an Engineering staff member at GE Aerospace (currently Lockheed Martin). Throughout his career, Kevin has conducted research and development for advanced satellite communication terminals and optical sensors, and has performed systems engineering for military satellite communication systems. He holds several patents and has authored numerous publications. Kevin earned his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. He also has M.S. and B.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Villanova University and Lafayette College, respectively.

Presentation: AGI Update: A Review of the First 29 Years and a Look Ahead at the Next 29 (view summary)

This presentation summarizes AGI's evolution from the founding of the company in 1989 through our upcoming release of STK version 11.5 this year. The presentation highlights AGI's commitment to technology innovation and achieving mission success through the use of sophisticated modeling, simulation and analysis software. The presentation concludes with a look ahead to future applications of AGI's software for engineering, mission analysis and operations.

Kyle Andringa
Kyle Andringa

Bio: Mr. Andringa is the Director of Technology and Product Development at ASI, responsible for driving the technical vision of the company and ensuring that ASI continues to provide engineering solutions that are unmatched in the industry. He is an expert in Guidance Navigation & Control Systems and Simulation Technologies with significant experience across a wide range of aerospace platforms; including rotorcraft, missiles, projectiles, spacecraft, and launch vehicles. He is the Principle Architect of SOLIS; Spacecraft Object Library In STK. Mr. Andringa is passionate about driving rapid and innovative solutions to complex problems. He holds a BS in Aerospace Engineering from Iowa State University and an MS in System Science and Mathematics from Washington University in St Louis.

Presentation: Rapid & High-Fidelity Spacecraft Simulation (view summary)

Spacecraft development requires precise and comprehensive systems-engineering to meet today’s demanding cost and mission-performance objectives. Narrow margins must be achieved on mass, energy, agility, data, and environments; despite significant interdependencies between subsystems. Traditional design practices tend to isolate subsystems; building boundaries and exchange points such-as Day-in-Life scenarios. This drives development of numerous tools and simulations; all requiring validation, verification, and custom expertise to use. The amount of redundant simulation capability developed is substantial and updates to the exchange points can significantly slow down progress. A common simulation tool can provide the conduit between subsystems to support accurate and real-time information exchange. This accelerates the development from every discipline by reducing the required foundational work and allowing more efforts to focus on new and differentiating innovations. The commonality and broad usage supports additional effort to be placed on making the tools easier to use, thus increasing the overall productivity of the team. SOLIS (Spacecraft Object Library In STK) has been created with this in mind; providing a collection of tools that are validated, versatile, extendable, and user-friendly.

Libish Kalathil Balachandran
Libish Kalathil Balachandran

Bio: Libish Balachandran works as Senior Systems Engineer in AGI responsible for technical pre and post-sales support for AGI-Software in India. Libish Balachandran completed his PhD in Aircraft Conceptual Design from Cranfield University, UK under the funding from EU and Airbus. He is also British Rolls Royce Science and Innovation Leadership Fellowship recipient from University of Oxford, UK. He has almost 16 publications in International Conference and Journals and has also co-authored a book titled “Advances in Collaborative Civil Aeronautical Multidisciplinary Design Optimization” published by AIAA. Libish Balachandran has been working with AGI for the past 7years. He has been supporting several space and defense projects from Defense Research Development Organization and Indian Space Research Organization in India.

Presentation: Automating STK for Threat Time Dynamic RCS based Guidance and Real-time Aircraft Maneuvering (view summary)

This presentation is about two automation applications build using STK libraries which extends the capabilities of STK. The first application simulates a simple weapon with a custom pursuit guidance algorithm, which navigates towards a ship by locking on to it using a tracker radar. To distract the weapon, a chaff cloud fired from the ship is simulated in STK with an RCS that grows in area with time. When the RCS of the chaff become larger than the ship, the radar onboard the weapon gets distracted and locks on to the chaff, thus the ships escapes the attack. This automation application can be used for countermeasure studies. The second application facilities real-time maneuvering of aircraft in STK. The maneuvering could be controlled by a user in near real time. The real-time aircraft is displayed in STK 3D window and the route for the aircraft is calculated using Aircraft Propagation Component library and send to STK in near real-time.

Roberto Gemma
Roberto Gemma

Bio: Roberto Gemma is a Business Development and Partners Manager, for Israel, Turkey and Scandinavia, and a Senior Systems Engineer in the European region for AGI. He received his BSc in Computer Science Engineering and a Master in Geographic Information Systems from the University of Rome RomaTre. He’s a candidate for a Master in Business Administration with the Open University Business School. He is responsible for supporting AGI's Business Partners and Users to help them using and leveraging AGI technology. He has spent more than 7 years with AGI and more than 10 in the industry, proving efficiency and effectiveness of modeling and simulation software in the defense domain.

Presentation: Image Quality Assessment with STK Electro-Optical and Infra-Red tool (EOIR) (view summary)

GMSPAZIO, our Master Reseller in the European region, focused its attention to the SSA and SST topics during the last 5 years, in particular with an active role in operating optical sensors located on the Italian territory. The main subject discussed in this presentation is about the usage of STK Electro-Optical and Infra-Red (EOIR) tool in order to predict the image quality during data collecting sessions. The parameters provided by EOIR allowed GMSPAZIO engineers to match the physical characteristics of the utilized telescope and camera, which as a consequence helped them generating outputs from EOIR, very relevant for the analysis. The telescope characteristics have been mapped into STK using its powerful geometric core engine, for the pointing capabilities and the definition of the field of view, while the radiometric specs have been modeled through EOIR features. The propagation of the Near Earth Object (NEO), in this particular case the Asteroid 3122Florence, has been modeled using SPICE ephemeris provided by JPL, which can be seamlessly imported into STK. On the other hand a similar analysis has been conducted to observe satellites in space, which have been propagated using Two-Lines Element files TLEs. The analysis utilized pre-acquired images, in order to compare the real results with the EOIR outputs, as an initial validation. Based on the produced accurate outcomes GMSPAZIO engineers proceeded in the actual process of predict the image quality in order to plan their acquisition sessions. The images generated with EOIR and the actual collected ones showed very interesting and comparable representations, which helped GMSPAZIO assessing the quality of future images acquisitions.

Yeong-cheol Kim
Yeong-cheol Kim

Bio: Dr. Yeong-cheol Kim is a senior research engineer at 1st R&D Institute in Agency for Defense Development. He is in charge of modeling, simulation and analysis with systems engineering for guided weapon systems. He has many years of professional experiences for large-scale software development in the field of aerospace systems. His domain of interests is the integration of M&S functionality into systems engineering based on open standards.

Presentation: An Unified MBSE Environment for the Development of Guided Weapon Systems (view summary)

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