Analytical Graphics Displays Automated Collection Planning Tool for Space-Based Remote Sensing

Analytical Graphics, Inc. has displayed its latest device, which will perform collection scheduling automatically, for the Multispectral Thermal Imager and TACSAT-3, in booth 313 at GEOINT 2010. The Automated Collection Planning Tool (ACPT) is a modeling and simulation environment and an automated scheduling device used for remote sensing from space-based platforms.

A not-for-profit- research firm concentrating on reconnaissance, surveillance and intelligence, Riverside Research Institute is the developer of ACPT. Analytical Graphics, which supplies applications and advanced solutions for integrated evaluation of intelligence, defense, space systems, is the software provider for the device.

The difficult calculations and immersive 3D environment features of Analytical Graphics’ software allows ACPT to perform investigation and collection scheduling in all phases of a mission. The tool can be employed in various studies analyzing terrain collision, field of view, finding vehicle location, calculating collection times, replicating and showcasing sensors and delivering intervisibility computations. Using ACPT, the ability of a satellite system to collect information can be assessed by the users against the target of a customer.

The ACPT computerized the collection scheduling of TACSAT-3 for the Air Force Space Command and the National Air and Space Intelligence Center and helps the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency by providing daily and weekly collection schedule for its multispectral thermal imager. Analytical Graphics will be displaying its other capabilities in reconnaissance, surveillance and intelligence at GEOINT 2010.


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