AGI and Riverside Research Institute to Demonstrate Automated Collection Planning Tool for Space-Based Sensor Mission Planning at GEOINT 2010

Oct 28, 2010, 14:57 ET from Analytical Graphics, Inc.

NEW ORLEANS, Oct. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Visitors to Analytical Graphics, Inc. booth 313 at GEOINT 2010 can view a new tool that is automating collection planning for TACSAT-3 and the Multispectral Thermal Imager. The Automated Collection Planning Tool (ACPT) is a modeling and simulation environment and automated planning tool for space-based remote sensing. It was developed by Riverside Research Institute (RRI), a not-for-profit research company primarily focused on Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR). The ACPT is based on software by AGI, the producer of applications and development kits for integrated analysis of space, defense and intelligence systems.

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The ACPT supports all phases of mission research and collection planning by leveraging AGI software's complex computations and immersive 3D environment. The tool takes into account a variety of constraints and can be used for trade studies; modeling and displaying sensors; analyzing terrain impact and field of view; performing intervisibility calculations; determining vehicle position; and computing acquisition times. Users can evaluate a satellite system's ability to collect against a customer's target and recommend a course of action if needed. The ACPT automates TACSAT-3 collection planning for the National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC) and the Air Force Space Command, (AFSPC) and assists the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) with daily/weekly collection plans for the Multispectral Thermal Imager.  

"We are excited to showcase the ACPT at GEOINT 2010," says Eric Patterson, head of RRI's Modeling & Application Development Laboratory (MADLAB). "Using AGI products, we have created a tool for the ISR community that makes collection planning much easier and faster, freeing up resources for other critical analyses."

Adds Peter Aves, director of AGI's Partners and Alliances Program, "The ACPT is a striking example of what can be achieved when engineering expertise is combined with readily available software tools. We hope the ACPT will become used by even more operational satellite systems."

In addition to the ACPT, AGI will be demonstrating new ISR capabilities such as its "augmented reality" application at GEOINT 2010.

About RRI:

RRI is an independent, not-for-profit research company with more than 40 years experience providing high-level advisory and engineering support to the most challenging activities of government and public clients. Currently, more than three-quarters of RRI's expertise is dedicated to the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) field. This expertise together with RRI's MADLAB staff creates a powerful combination allowing for prompt and cost-effective delivery of solutions to mission planning needs.

About AGI

Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI) delivers mission-proven software for timely and cost-effective development and deployment of advanced space, defense and intelligence applications. AGI products are used for modeling, engineering and operations in the areas of space, cyberspace, aircraft, missile defense, C4ISR and electronic systems. They can be purchased as ready-to-use applications, development tools or turnkey solutions. For more information, visit

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