Countdown to the last liftoff; recounting STK’s role in the shuttle program

Hard to believe, but there are less than two weeks to go before the last shuttle flight on July 8. Over the years, AGI has been used in numerous ways to support the program, and as a countdown to Atlantis’ final voyage, we’ll take a look at some of those.

At the 2004 AGI Users’ Conference, an ITT customer of ours at the time, Bill Napier, shared how he used STK to evaluate the range instruments that monitor manned and unmanned missions—including the Space Shuttle—from liftoff to orbital insertion after launching from Vandenberg AFB and Cape Canaveral. As part of a launch range modernization contract ITT won in 2000, it was Napier’s job to determine the best locations along the eastern and western coasts to place instruments for tracking the vehicles.  He entered the flight profiles of the various space shuttles and expendable launch vehicles to determine where to place the tracking instruments.

Based on Napier’s STK analysis, he was able to save his customer time and money by showing the exact number of instruments needed for optimization. He also determined that less land and smaller transmitters than expected were actually needed.

If you are interested in learning more, you can read the full article in InView.


About Joanne Welsh

Joanne Welsh serves as AGI’s public relations manager. She writes about how people use AGI products, so contact her if you would be interested in sharing your story.
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