AGI providing its software for free to Singapore teams competing to launch a satellite into low-Earth orbit

AGI, producer of commercial software for integrated analysis of land, sea, air, and space assets, is sponsoring the second Singapore Space Challenge (SSC) along with its business partner in Singapore, TME Systems. Organized by the Singapore Space and Technology Association, the SSC challenges tertiary-education students to design a satellite or system of satellites for launch into Low Earth Orbit (LEO) to observe seaways around Singapore and neighboring countries for distress signals that might aid search and rescue (SAR) and pirate activity monitoring efforts. AGI is donating more than $100,000 worth of its space mission design and planning STK software to the 22 competing teams. TME Systems will technically support each team’s use of the software. Final entries are due by 30 April 2009. Results will be published at by 30 June 2009.

“AGI is always eager to offer our software and space mission expertise for activities that promote an interest in space among the engineers of tomorrow,” says Paul Graziani, AGI president and CEO. Ronald Soo, TME Systems managing director, adds “We are proud to join with AGI in sponsoring the SSC. We hope our experience with AGI’s software and support for Asia’s aerospace industry will be a benefit to the teams competing in this inspirational challenge.”

“We are very pleased that the teams competing in the Singapore Space Challenge will be able to use software tools that are currently in use throughout the global space industry. We are positive that this has made the competition more exciting for the participants and we thank AGI and TME Systems for their sponsorship,” says Adeline Tung, vice president of the Singapore Space and Technology Association.

The Singapore Space Challenge started in 2008 with the goal of inspiring space interests among tertiary-education students and encouraging their participation in space-related activities. The competition also strives to promote technical and industrial research, challenge the thinking process and creativity of students, and prove practicality as well as simplicity in engineering concept and design. The competition also aspires to provide beneficial, practical and feasible solutions to the space industry in general. For more, visit .

About SSTA

The Singapore Space and Technology Association (SSTA) is a nonprofit association whose primary goal is to promote the development and convergence of the space technology industry in Singapore. It also serves to act as a neutral platform to facilitate information and communication for the global space industry. SSTA acts as a catalyst to boost Singapore’s drive to be a regional Space-Hub and seeks to foster a vibrant development and investment climate for the future of Singapore. On the domestic educational front, SSTA strives to encourage careers in the expanding aerospace/space industry. For additional information, visit .

About AGI

Analytical Graphics, Inc. develops commercial off-the-shelf analysis software for land, sea, air, and space that is relied upon by the national security and space communities in more than 35,000 worldwide installations. AGI’s software includes desktop applications, an application engine, and lightweight component libraries, with a wide range of licensing and pricing options. For additional information about AGI, e-mail or explore .

About TME Systems

TME Systems is an ISO 9001: 2000-certified premier high-tech solutions and services provider. Headquartered in Singapore, TME Systems has branch and affiliate offices in the Southeast Asia region. TME System’s core capabilities are in the distribution of cutting-edge and world-class technology products and solutions in the Test & Measurement and Embedded Computing, Industrial Automation & Defense Planning industries. For more information about TME Systems, visit or e-mail: