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Good News for AGI

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The Space Foundation welcomes STK software by Analytical Graphics, Inc., (AGI), as its newest Certified Educational Product partner. Already a Certified Space Technology, STK has been added to the Certified Educational Product category in recognition of its use for student and teacher education programs at the AGI Space Missions Simulator at the Space Foundation Discovery Institute (SFDI) in Colorado Springs.

Engineers and analysts use STK to model complex systems (space, aircraft, missile defense, ISR and electronic systems), along with sensors and communications, in the context of space, defense and intelligence missions. Through integrated visualization, STK brings a clear understanding of system behavior and performance measured against mission objectives.

AGI’s Educational Alliance Program provides eligible academic institutions free licensing and certification testing of STK software for instructional purposes. These resources give students hands-on experience with the same industry-leading software used by more than 40,000 space, defense and intelligence professionals worldwide.

In 2010, AGI, headquartered in Exton, Pa., donated software, including STK, licensing and new computer equipment valued at more than $3 million to establish the SFDI education lab, which simulates launch, flight and landing of a variety of space missions. The lab allows students and teachers to learn about satellite orbits, design their own satellite orbits, track their satellites and help plan a simulated return mission from Mars.

The lab plays an important role in Space Foundation education programs, which focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), helping to address serious gaps in U.S. science and math education and proficiency.

About Certified Educational Products
Certified Educational Products are selected by the Space Foundation and identified as those used in educational environments to stimulate interest and knowledge about space. Education is key to the mission of the Space Foundation and supporting these products inspires each new generation.

Pictured: A teacher uses STK software at the Space Foundation’s Space Across the Curriculum Meteorology and Space Weather course.

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This article is part of Space Watch: February 2012 (Volume: 11, Issue: 2).