International UC 2018

Dates: Conference 31 October – 1 November 2018
Training 29 October – 30 October
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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Alexander Ridgeway
Alexander Ridgeway
Senior Systems Engineer

Bio: After graduation from PennState University, I began working as a Satellite Operator for GeoEye-1. I quickly was moved to lead operator for GeoEye-2 operations. Due to corporate buy-out and the delay of launch of GeoEye-2, I left for an opportunity at AGI. I was provided an amazing opportunity to see the world, working as an International Systems engineer for the Asia Pacific Region station in Singapore. After 5 years in Singapore, am moving to Tokyo to focus on the advanced technology in Space in Japan.

Presentation(s): New Advanced Tools for SSA (view abstract(s))

Space Situational Awareness (SSA) is not just a catalog of Resident Space Objects, a catalog is a prerequisite for more critical analysis on these RSOs. AGI is a strong player in SSA by providing a catalog of RSOs through the ComSpOC subscriptions. AGI also provides advanced tools for SSA analysis. These tools are built for SSA utilizing AGI's advanced capabilities for SSA and automation to run time-critical analysis. Space Object Threat Assessment (SOTA) provides automated satellite threat vulnerability analysis, decreasing risks to satellite missions and increasing survivability against threats by assessing an object’s vulnerability to another object’s actions or events. Maneuver Processing Tool (MPT) automatically characterizes non-cooperative maneuvers. Space Event Generator (SEG). SEG is standalone, commercial software for SSA test, training, and exercise (TTX) support. It allows an operator to quickly and accurately create space events. Voyager is a visual mission designer intended to help spacecraft mission analysts plan, examine, and evaluate missions that include an inspector spacecraft operating near and around another RSO.

Daniel Honaker
Daniel Honaker
Project Manager, OneSky Business Unit

Bio: Daniel is an engineering manager with over 10 years of experience in the Aerospace industry and has spent the last 6 years living and working internationally. Currently Daniel lives in Singapore and leads a team of international engineers that provide sales and technical support to business partners and customers in Europe, North Africa, Middle East, and Asia. He has a strong background in the integration of AGI technologies across a wide range of domains including space operations, geospatial information systems, aerial systems, and traffic management solutions. Daniel holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Recently Daniel played a crucial role in the creation of an urban UTM solution for Singapore.

Presentation(s): UAV Traffic Management & Commercial Drone Solutions (view abstract(s))

OneSky is a business unit within Analytical Graphics focused on delivering software solutions to the commercial drone and UAS traffic management markets. OneSky’s UTM framework was originally developed for Space Traffic Management (STM) in operations with hundreds of operational satellites worldwide. This framework for STM has been expanded to include low altitude and high altitude unmanned traffic layers (UTM & ETM respectively) in a common platform, setting forth the “OneSky” operational vision. Our goal is to enable beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) flight by predicting flight risk for both preflight and live operations. In this presentation, we will focus on the analytical services that are necessary to ensure safe BVLOS operations. We will also detail the recent success with the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and demonstrate a working prototype for UTM in urban environments.

Dave Averne
Dave Averne
U.S. Commercial Service
Commercial Attaché

Bio: Dave Averne is a Commercial Officer to CS Tokyo, covering the Major Projects Team portfolio, including sectors such as Aerospace; Defense; Energy; Environment; Construction and Architecture; and Infrastructure. Previously, Mr. Averne served at the U.S. Consulate in Shanghai for three years, helping U.S. companies establish and increase their sales of American products and services to the Chinese market. Mr. Averne’s sector portfolios included Education; Travel and Tourism; Financial Services; Consumer Goods and Retail; and SelectUSA, or U.S.-inbound investment. Previously he served in the U.S. Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam where he helped manage the daily operation of the U.S. Department of Commerce office in Southern Vietnam. Prior to serving in Ho Chi Minh City, Mr. Averne worked in three U.S. Department of Commerce offices in Washington, DC—the Office of Technology and e-Commerce (OTEC); the Office of Travel and Tourism Industries (OTTI); and the Trade Information Center (TIC), having joined as a Presidential Management Fellow. In OTEC, Mr. Averne managed a yearly cycle of negotiation on information technology (IT) and e-Commerce policy between the U.S. and Japan. In OTTI Mr. Averne assisted American travel and tourism firms in pursuit of bringing international travelers to the U.S. He also served as a member of the bilateral U.S./Japan Travel and Tourism Export Expansion Initiative, and as the office Commercial Service liaison. In the TIC, Mr. Averne provided in-depth export logistics counseling and market information to U.S. businesses trading internationally, with a particular emphasis on helping small to medium sized enterprises and new-to-export firms. Prior to entering public service in 2001, Mr. Averne taught English in a Japanese fishing village as part of the Government of Japan’s Japanese Exchange and Teaching (JET) program. Mr. Averne earned a Master’s degree in International Communication (with a related field of International Training and Education) from American University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and International Studies from Washington University in St. Louis. Mr. Averne speaks basic Japanese, Italian, Spanish and Chinese.

Presentation(s): UC Introduction (view abstract(s))

Providing a short 3-5 min opening remarks talk with Matt Halferty.

Diogo Rodrigues
Diogo Rodrigues
LASS TECH Consulting
General Manager

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(s): AGI and HITL Simulation using COTS (view abstract(s))

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
Space Operations Technical Director

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.


  1. Detect, Characterize, and Recover from Maneuvers Using Real-Time Kalman-Filter Based Orbit Determination
  2. ComSpOC: Importance of Realistic Inputs in Collision Probability Valuation, Visualization and Validity
(view abstract(s))
  1. 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.
  2. Probability of collision (Pc) is becoming more popular as a tool to assess conjunction threats. In this paper, an overview of the types of Pc estimation techniques is provided. For each technique, the inputs it requires are delineated. Three-dimensional tools are then presented for depicting the variability of the Pc estimates to the Pc inputs they are based upon. These depictions and algorithms are then used to quantify the quality of input data required to yield actionable Pc estimates.

Dr. Chen-Joe Fong
Dr. Chen-Joe Fong
National Space Organization (NSPO)
FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC Program Director

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

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
Senior System Engineer

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(s): Satellite Constellation Station Keeping Custom Application (view abstract(s))

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
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
Research and development staff

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(s): Feasibility studies of Martian Moons Exploration (MMX) by STK/SOLIS (view abstract(s))

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
Senior Systems Engineer, SSA Solutions

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(s): SSA Mission Area Challenges and Opportunities (view abstract(s))

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
Systems Engineer

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.


  1. AGI Software Application for the Test and Evaluation Lifecycle
  2. Advanced Aircraft Modeling using Aviator Pro
(view abstract(s))
  1. Current industry Test and Evaluation (T&E) methods are based on old practices, which normally include a mesh of tools that are inefficient and result in many iterative cycles, leading to wasted time and money. The cost of flying physical tests are increasingly high and could be reduced significantly with proper planning and by taking advantage of more sophisticated tools. Many areas of the engineering lifecycle take advantage of Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) tools. This is an effective and modern approach to design and analysis, which can offer proven results at a fraction of the price of older methods. Testing and evaluation techniques can benefit from the application of modern CAE tools to add efficiency, speed, and cost savings, especially in areas of mission/test planning, re-planning, and post-test analysis. AGI has developed a product toolset called T&E Tool Kit (TETK) that takes advantage of our mission-driven, physics-constrained modeling and simulation software to provide users a visualization and analysis environment that is flexible and collaborative. Designed for T&E practitioners, TETK enables fast, accurate modeling of test vehicles, payloads, missions, threats, and test range environments to rapidly create plans and respond to changes in the test planning and execution process. It transforms the T&E processes to reduce test planning and post-flight cycle time, increase test point density, accelerate anomaly resolution and improve safety of flight, team collaboration, and post-flight assessment.
  2. 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 proportional navigation and guidance flight strategies through MATLAB functions. Full air-to-air, ground-to-air, and air-to-ground scenarios can be defined and played out, including defense techniques like non-powered flare decoys. This allows users to paint a complete picture and understand the situation from multiple points-of-view.

Kevin Flood
Kevin Flood
Vice President, Engineering

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.


  1. AGI Update: A Review of the First 29 Years and a Look Ahead at the Next 29
  2. What's New in STK 11.5 & Roadmap
(view abstract(s))
  1. 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.
  2. AGI’s developers are continuing to update our current products and build new ones to solve increasingly complex problems in less time and with fewer resources. New features in the STK software family include support for low-thrust trajectory optimization, photorealistic 3D models (glTF), organizational collaboration and multi-function radar. Our new space products assist operators in training, mission design, and situational awareness. Come to the presentation and get all the details.

Kyle Andringa
Kyle Andringa
Advanced Solutions Inc.
Director, Technology & Product Development

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(s): Rapid & High-Fidelity Spacecraft Simulation (view abstract(s))

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
Senior Systems Engineer

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

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.

Matthew Halferty
Matthew Halferty
Director, International Business

Bio: Matt Halferty is the director of Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa business at AGI. Working at AGI since 2005, Mr. Halferty has developed partnerships with NASA, JAXA, ISRO, KARI, UAE Space Agency as well as private satellite developers and operators. He is a 1993 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical/computer engineering. He also holds a master’s degree in international administration from Central Michigan University. Mr. Halferty served as an active duty officer in the United States Army for six years supporting military operations in Europe, Southwest Asia and northern Africa. As an officer serving in Heidelberg, Germany, he was responsible for obtaining and maintaining all geographic and topographic data for the United States European and Central Commands.

Presentation(s): UC Introduction (view abstract(s))

This will be an introduction of all AGI employees, partners and sponsors of the Users Conference.

Paul Graziani
Paul Graziani
CEO & Co-Founder

Bio: Paul Graziani is our chief executive officer and co-founder. For more than 20 years, Paul has championed the use of commercial software in the national security and space industries and, today, our flagship product, STK, is used in more than 50,000 worldwide installations by aerospace, defense and intelligence professionals. From AGI’s early start in Paul’s living room in 1989 through today’s 80,000 square foot headquarters, Paul has spearheaded work practices that have earned AGI local, state and national recognition for its innovative work environment and game-changing software. and has been nominated for and received a number of entrepreneurial excellence awards at both local and national levels. Paul currently sits on the boards of directors of Passur Aerospace, the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) and Federation of Galaxy Explorers (FOGE). He is a former member of the boards of governors for the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) and of the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA). He formerly served on the Advisory Board for Penn State Great Valley and is an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). After fulfilling his board tenure, he was recently elected to the honorary position of life director of The Space Foundation. Interestingly, Paul earned a B.S. in biology from LaSalle College, but quickly pivoted his career by leveraging his software skills with a job at the General Electric Space Division in 1980. Paul is a serial early adopter of all technology, an avid woodworker, and sports car enthusiast. Paul does not enjoy golf.

Presentation(s): AGI Update: A Review of the First 29 Years & A Look Ahead at the Next 29 (view abstract(s))

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.

Richard C Page III
Richard C Page III
Advisory Software Developer

Bio: With a Masters in computational astrodynamics from University of Illinois, Richard focuses on both software design and aerospace algorithms. In over 10 years at AGI, he has touched a variety of AGI products. In particular, he was one of the original developers on STK Components, and was responsible for much of the core API implementation and development of the numerical features in the Orbit Propagation Library. He has also contributed to the ICRF transformation implementation and validation inside STK Components and Cesium. Most recently he has been working on the Space Situational Awareness Software Suite and Space Event Generator (SEG). He is fluent in C#, Java, a variety of other programming languages, and is working on improving his fluency in Japanese.

Presentation(s): “Geospatial Content Server, STK Web Visualization Library, and Solutions based on Cesium” (view abstract(s))

AGI offers a suite of tools that can produce, consume, and analyze the complex data involved in aerospace domains. In particular, Cesium is a new standard in web-based time-dynamic visualization using WebGL. Whether tracking satellites in orbit while they perform proximity operations, navigating aircraft above or through high precision terrain, or scenarios involving multiple domains at once, the STK Web Visualization Library provides a simple way to produce custom Cesium visualizations for the complex time-dynamic 3D world of mission analysis and design. In addition, the Geospatial Content Server provides a comprehensive enterprise solution for hosting, processing, serving, and analyzing terrain, imagery, and other heterogeneous 3D data for use in Cesium. Combined with the analytical power of AGI products, this presentation will demonstrate how easy it is to create relevant impactful visualizations.

Roberto Gemma
Roberto Gemma
Partner Manager/ Sr Systems Engineer

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.


  1. Image Quality Assessment with STK Electro-Optical and Infra-Red tool (EOIR)
  2. GMSPAZIO Missile Defense Toolkit
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  1. 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.
  2. GMDT is a powerful yet simple software environment where it is possible to evaluate the performances of a Missile Defense System. GMDT works side by side with STK (Systems Tool-Kit) in order to quantify the most important metrics characterising the performance of such kind of systems against any type of incoming ballistic threat missile.

Sachiko Katsumata
Sachiko Katsumata
Keysight Technologies Japan
Application Expert

Bio: Sachiko Katsumata is Asia Pacific region Application Engineer for Keysight Technologies Japan. She was involved in developing measurement systems for cellular and Wi-Fi devices. After, she has been engaged in communication and radar system simulation as technical support and application engineer for about 10 years.

Presentation(s): Virtual Flight Testing of Radar System Performance Using SystemVue and STK (view abstract(s))

When it comes to testing radar system performance, extensive flight testing using physical aircraft is a prohibitively expensive and time consuming proposition. This presentation will show Virtual flight testing, made possible by the flexible interfaces between the SystemVue and STK software tools. It offers an economical alternative for R&D validation.

Shunsuke Onishi
Shunsuke Onishi
iQPS Inc.

Bio: Ph.D. in Engineering, Kyushu University Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics From May 2008 to November 2014, QSAT-EOS Project leader (Directed satellite development and launching). Participated in more than 10 satellite projects conducted by universities, companies, and JAXA.

Presentation(s): Software In the Loop Simulator: SILS development using STK SOLIS for small SAR imagery mission (view abstract(s))

iQPS is developing the small SAR satellites mission to bring the timeliness understanding of the Earth regardless day/night and sunny/cloudy. Integrating the AGI's Commercial Off The Shelf software, the team can focus on developing hardware and ground system, which revolutionary light weight and not compromising the quality of image. The presentation will show how STK SOLIS is integrated to iQPS's ground segment and the iQPS satellites will different to existing Earth imagery mission.

Travis Langster
Travis Langster
Vice President, DoD & Intel Space

Bio: Travis Langster is vice president for AGI’s Space Situational Awareness Business Unit. In this role, Mr. Langster is responsible for strategy and business execution in delivering commercial space situational awareness solutions to government and military organizations worldwide. Mr. Langster has more than 20 years professional experience in military and commercial satellite planning and operations, support to defense and intelligence operations, strategic planning, technical management, and systems engineering. Mr. Langster began his aerospace career in 1992 as an engineer with General Electric Aerospace, where he focused on the launch and on-orbit operations of Air Force satellite systems. From 1994–1996, he was a systems engineer with Lockheed Martin Astro Space. During this time, he performed engineering analysis on satellite subsystems and payloads, mission planning and orbit analysis software tools. Mr. Langster is a member of several professional aerospace and defense organizations. Mr. Langster has delivered presentations at several international events, including the International Astronautical Conference (IAC), Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Space Security Conference, the Prague Space Security Conference and the Japan Space Forum’s annual SSA symposium.

Presentation(s): Space Self-Defense (view abstract(s))

Space Self Defense Satellites enable vital infrastructure for humanity, including telecom, banking, internet, television, shipping, navigation, agriculture and disaster management. Today’s space environment is rapidly changing due to increasing number of satellites, debris and suspicious satellite activities. It is imperative that space-faring nations establish methods to preserve, protect and defend outer space which enables self-defense on the ground. This talk will establish the types of activities that require space self-defense and highlight characteristics of a robust space self-defense.

Yeong-cheol Kim
Yeong-cheol Kim
Agency for Defense Development
Team Lead / Senior Research Engineer

Bio: Dr. Yeong-cheol Kim is a senior research engineer at Agency for Defense Development in Republic of Korea. 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(s): A Unified MBSE Environment for the Development of Guided Weapon Systems (view abstract(s))

The role of model-based systems engineering (MBSE) in defense systems development is continuously evolving as an efficient way to explore, update, and communicate system aspects to stakeholders, while significantly reducing or eliminating dependence on traditional documents in Republic of Korea. MBSE is now considered as mandatory activity in the areas of the development of operational concept for the newly developed weapon systems, requirements analysis and verification, system simulations for performance evaluation, system and component design by simulation, test and evaluation as simulation, and the development of training systems throughout the life cycle of defense R&D program. However, one of the most difficult aspects of defense MBSE activities is to decide which parts of the R&D program should be supported in the consideration of limited resources. In addition, reusability and extensibility of defense MBSE systems becomes not only technical issues but also programmatic ones as a way of reducing development cost. A variety of methodologies to integrate MBSE functionality into STK workspace are being proposed for the Development of Guided Weapon Systems. In this talk, MBSE activities which were exhibited throughout the development of a unified MBSE environment in the part of ADD MBSE Center (AMEC) are presented.

Yoshihide Sugimoto
Yoshihide Sugimoto
Deputy General Manager, Sales Engineering

Bio: Yoshihide Sugimoto is deputy general manager for LSAS Tec department of sales engineering. In this role, Mr. Sugimoto is responsible for consulting, technical support, and business development to government and commercial space entity. Sugimoto is currently working for ISAS/JAXA’s high precision lunar landing mission SLIM as a trajectory engineer in charge of precise guidance, navigation, and control for lunar transfer as well as designing comprehensive mission analysis platform. Sugimoto finished his Ph.D. of Space and Astronautical Science at the Graduate University for Advanced Studies (Sokendai) and his graduate and undergraduate studies of Aeronautics and Astronautics Engineering at Kyushu University. His research interests lie in space mission design, analysis, and operation.

Presentation(s): Trajectory design solution for SLIM: Smart Lander for Investigating Moon (view abstract(s))

This talk presents the Lunar transfer trajectory design for small-spacecraft, SLIM mission. SLIM, which is mainly developed by Institute of Space and Astronautical Science/ Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (ISAS/ JAXA), has two missions: the first is the technology demonstration of very precise lunar surface landing and the second is small-bus system development in order to enable highly frequent planetary mission. The mission design of such as very accurate landing mission demonstrated by small-scale spacecraft system possesses many challenges caused by the limitation of resources and critical requirements. This paper mainly focuses on the feasibility study of Lunar transfer to connect with landing sequence. The Lunar encounter is one of the key technologies to interplanetary journey such as Lunar gravity assisted mission. In this sense, the mission design of SLIM gives one of the solutions for interplanetary small-spacecraft mission.


LSAS LSAS Tec established on April 2009. We are authorized sole Distribution and Technical support partner of AGI in Japan. Our team possess highly technical knowledge about aerospace systems engineering. We have over 15 years' experience in the aerospace, defense and Intelligence marketplace in Japan. We provide engineering services, including training and consulting, software development, on-site support and as Advisory / Project Manager. We are focusing on Aerospace & Defense intelligence business. We generate and present new values for Aerospace and Defense, intelligence industry based on our expertise of aerospace systems engineering, Remote sensing, GIS.
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.
NSPO National Space Organization (NSPO) was established in 1991 and is the sole institute that takes charge of the execution of the national space program and the development of space technology in Taiwan. NSPO have actively implemented to become the center of innovation and excellence for the space technology through the development of satellite programs. In the near term, NSPO’s mission goal is to build up the self-reliant space technology through the execution of FORMOSAT-5 and FORMOSAT-7 programs with the missions related to remote sensing and meteorology, respectively.
LASS Tech Consulting LASS TECH Consulting was created in 2015 to meet the MENA demands for state-of-the-art Engineering, R&D, Operations and Training solutions and technology in the fields of Aerospace, Defense and Security. LASS TECH Consulting has three main business areas: Advanced Solutions, Advisory and Technology. LASSTECH Consulting works with a diverse group of renowned suppliers, industry and operations experts to be able craft the best solutions to meet needs across the Program Lifecycle.
Keysight Keysight Technologies Inc. is the world's leading electronic measurement company, transforming today's measurement experience through innovations in wireless, modular, and software solutions. With its HP and Agilent legacy, Keysight delivers solutions in wireless communications, aerospace and defense and semiconductor markets with world-class platforms, software and consistent measurement science. Keysight SystemVue (electronic system simulation) and AGI STK (inertial and environmental modeling) can be integrated to provide virtual flight testing of radar and electronic warfare algorithms, saving both time and money.
OneSky As drones become more prevalent in our day-to-day lives, there is an increasing need to safely plan, manage, and monitor these aircraft within existing airspace. While procedures, rules, and regulations are evolving, we are working to incorporate our heritage of flight plan safety analytics into the workflow for operators and airspace monitoring tools.
Cesium CesiumJS is an open-source JavaScript library for world-class 3D globes and maps. Our mission is to create the leading 3D globe and map for static and time-dynamic content, with the best possible performance, precision, visual quality, platform support, community, and ease of use.
ComSpOC The Commercial Space Operations Center (ComSpOC) fuses satellite tracking measurements from a global network of commercial sensors to generate the world's most accurate Space Situational Awareness (SSA). ComSpOC delivers exquisite resident space object characterization and mission assurance services to monitor threats and sustain safety in space.

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