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1. Install STK: Download STK 10 Free, then install and license it on your computer.
2. Complete Training: Complete the STK Free sections of
3. Complete the Certification Exercise: Complete all scenario steps and tasks for each section.
4. Submit your Certification Test: Upload the scenario to the STK Data Federate.
5. Email: Send an email to with the folder and scenario name.
Certification Exercise:
On October 28, 2011, a 6.9-magnitude earthquake hit the central coast of Peru, destroying several homes
and injuring dozens. Due to the number of recurring damaging earthquakes in the area, future aircraft and
satellite systems are being considered to provide timely damage assessment to nearby cities. Use STK to
model these systems and evaluate various aspects of their missions. Historical earthquake data is provided
and will be the basis for this exercise.
Section 1: Model the World
Scenario steps:
1. Create a new scenario starting at the time of the Earthquake, and ending five hours later.
Name: STK_Cert_FirstNameLastName e.g. STK_Cert_JohnSmith
Start: 28 Oct 2011 18:54:00 UTCG
Stop: 28 Oct 2011 23:54:00 UTCG
2. Insert the Peru Earthquake KML data provided in the STK Install.
C:\Program Files (x86)\AGI\STK 10\Help\STK\KML\Peru_Earthquake_Dynamic_Assets.kmz
3. Under the Quake_Region folder within the KML tab of the Globe Manager, import the
Runway as an Area Target.
4. Add a 2 deg elevation angle constraint on the runway Area Target.
5. Under the Affected Areas folder within the KML tab of the Globe Manager, import the
following cities as Place objects:
6. Use the search toolbar to insert Chincha Alta, Peru as a Place object.
7. Delete all KML content in Globe Manager.
8. Create a top-down view centered on Chincha_Alta to view the Runway and all three cities.
T1. Create a stored view of the Quake Region from scenario step 8 called Quake Region.
T2. Add the lighting intervals for Ica to the Timeline View.
T3. Create a Quick Report called Parakas_LatLon of the latitude and longitude of Parakas.
Section 2: Model the Aircraft System
Scenario steps:
9. Create a new aircraft called CertAircraft.
10. Use 3D object editing or enter the Lat / Lon values for the following waypoints:
1. Runway (Ignore the takeoff and landing and use a constant altitude of 10,000 ft)
2. Chincha Alta
3. Parakas
4. Ica
5. Runway
11. Set each waypoints turn radius to 2 km.
12. Change the route color to white and make the route line width one level thicker.
13. Zoom to the aircraft and animate until the aircraft flies over Chincha Alta.
14. Change the aircraft 3D model to the uav.mdl model.
15. Use the coordinated turn attitude type to model the banking of the aircraft.
16. Create a sensor called AC_Camera which has a Rectangular 50x50 deg field of view.
T4. Save a csv file of a custom report called FlightSummary that includes these data providers:
Time (Set the units to EpSec)
LLA State-Fixed-Lat
LLA State-Fixed-Lon
LLA State-Fixed-Alt
T5. Create an Access Quick Report called Aircraft_to_Runway to see if the aircraft has line-of-
sight to the runway for its entire route.
T6. Create an STK video of the aircraft flying over Chincha Alta called AircraftView.wmv.
T7. Increase the aircrafts altitude so it maintains line-of-sight to the runway for the entire flight.
Section 3: Model the Satellite System
Scenario steps:
17. Use the STK Object Model to create a Satellite named CertSatellite.
(Hint: Refer to the Task: Launch the API Demo Utility on

18. Use STK Connect to change the Inclination of the Satellite to 15 deg.
(Hint: Search for SetState Classical in the STK Help)
19. Change the CertSatellite 3D model to the cubesat.mdl model.
20. Create a sensor called Sat_Camera which has a Simple Conic 60 deg field of view.
21. Zoom to CertSatellite and set the animation time to when the sensor first sees Parakas.
T8. Create an STK snapshot of the satellite from scenario step 21 called SatView.bmp.
T9. Create an AER Quick Report called SatCamera_to_Parakas to see how long and how far the
satellites camera is from Parakas.
T10. Add Access Intervals to the Timeline View to determine which systems camera can see
Parakas first and the longest.
Extra Credit Task:
T11. Create a quick report called USSats_to_Ica that shows a graph of the access intervals for all
of the optical sensors on US Earth observation satellites that passed over Ica within the first
five hours of the earthquake.
(Hint: Refer to the video guidance for Task: Insert and Configure Objects on the Build
Scenarios page on
Section 4: Submit your Certification Test
Scenario steps:
22. From the File menu, open the VDF Setup and select the following options:
Enable Exclude Install Files.
Only enable Load default globe data in the Globe Data section.
Do Not Copy Models.
Make sure Publish is checked for all quick reports.
Check the Copy scenario folder contents option to include all task output files.
i. Make sure all task output files (snaps, reports, video) are saved in your scenario folder.
23. Click OK to apply the VDF setup options.
24. From the File menu, select Save To STK Data Federate.
Log in to the Student SDF account using the following credentials:
i. Username = Student
ii. Password = Student
Navigate to the Student directory.
Save your scenario in the Students SDF STK Certification Scenarios folder.
i. (Public > Users > Student > STK Certification Scenarios)
In the Overview section, include the API commands used in Steps 17 and 18.
Click Enable revision control for this file.
Click Check In.
25. Send an email to with the folder and scenario name.