IEEE Winnipeg Section


Orbital Mechanics using STK

Orbital Mechanics


Thursday, July 14, 2011 from 6:30-8:30pm.


E2-210 Engineering Information and Technology Complex
University of Manitoba Fort Garry Campus


Mr. Greg Linton


In this tutorial, participants will learn about the six orbital elements and different types of orbits using the Satellite Tool Kit (STK) from Analytical Graphics Incorporated.

STK is a very powerful software used to model complex space systems such as:

  • Determine when faces of the satellite are facing the sun,
  • Model different antennas and their effect on communications with a particular ground station, and
  • Studying and planning attitude manoeuvres.

This tutorial will begin with a simple introduction to Keplerian Orbital Elements and different types of orbits using STK. The participants will model the orbit for a the T-Sat mission that is being designed by members of the University of Manitoba Space Applications and Technology Society (UMSATS).

Speaker Bio:

Mr. Greg Linton studied at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay and graduated with an Electrical Technologist Diploma in 1999 and a Bachelor of Science in Physics the following year. Greg joined Canadian Forces School of Aerospace Studies in October of 2006 as a Space Instructor. Since then he has hosted students from across the Canadian Forces as part of the Space Section’s well known courses and instructed for the Aerospace Systems Course. His current topic areas include display technologies, statistics and space sciences.

In addition to training DND employees he participates in the Aviation and Aerospace In Manitoba Day, which introduces 650 grade six students to aerospace careers and opportunities. Greg also helps out with the Manitoba Space Adventures Camp, in which high school students learn about a number of advanced space topics. Activities at the camp include the use amateur weather research balloons that reach over 70,000 feet in altitude.

Greg started his masters studies with the University of Manitoba in the fall of 2010. His thesis topic studies the use of broadband satellites internet communications for the command and control of micro-satellites. He is an active member of UMSATS’ Communications Team.




There are 40 spots available on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Register online by clicking here.


University of Manitoba Space Applications and Technology Society
IEEE EduManCom Chapter
IEEE Computer and Computational Intelligence Chapter
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Manitoba


For more information contact Dario Schor.


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