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AGI Video Depicting German ROSAT Reentry Available

The Satellite Analysis and Visualization Software Used to Create the Animation Is on Display in 10 European Cities This Month (October 18, 2011)

EXTON, PA -- (Marketwire) -- 10/18/11 -- The German ROentgen SATellite, or ROSAT, is expected to return to Earth between 21 - 24 October, according to the German Aerospace Center (DLR). Up to 30 individual pieces may reach the surface of the Earth. The largest single fragment will probably be the telescope's mirror, which is heat-resistant and may weigh up to 1.7 tons.

Engineers at Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI) used the company's STK software to create a video which shows:

  • ROSAT in its current orbit
  • The satellite's ground track
  • Its burn-up in reentry
  • A statistical representation of the debris

The AGI software used to create the video will be showcased across Europe in October during the free STK Software Summit. Remaining stops include:

  • Paris, France - 19 October
  • Stockholm, Sweden - 20 October
  • Cologne, Germany - 21 October
  • Warsaw, Poland - 24 October
  • Rome, Italy - 25 October
  • Bremen, Germany - 26 October
  • Munich, Germany - 27 October
  • Toulouse, France - 28 October

A full agenda and free registration are available at

Detailed information about the ROSAT reentry can be found at the DLR website.

Journalists requiring broadcast-quality footage of the AGI video should write to

About AGI
Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI) delivers software applications and development tools for timely and cost-effective development and deployment of space, defense and intelligence missions. AGI products are used for modeling, engineering and operations in the areas of space, cyberspace, aircraft, missile defense, C4ISR and electronic systems. For more information, visit

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