Satellite Automatic Identification System (SAIS) Performance Modelling and Simulation – Final Findings Report


  1. Parsons, G.
  2. Youden, J.
  3. Yue, B.
  4. Fowler, C.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Ottawa, Ottawa ONT (CAN);C-Core - St. John's, NL (CAN)
An Automatic Identification System (AIS) capability on the RADARSAT Constellation Mission (RCM) will enhance the Canada First Defence Strategy goals of conducting national and continental operations and defending Canada. Key to understanding this is the ability to model and simulate satellite AIS (SAIS) performance characteristics. This report provides an overview of a statistical simulation implemented by C-CORE to evaluate SAIS performance. Included is a discussion on the approach and methodology employed with results presented for the specific case of the proposed AIS payload on the RCM. The model is driven by a global ship density map (GSDM) derived from an AIS database developed over the course of this project. The database and derived products are generated from data provided by Defence Research and Development Canada – Ottawa (DRDC Ottawa) for this purpose including both SAIS data (from exactEarth (eE)) and terrestrial AIS data from the Maritime Safety and Security Information System (MSSIS). C-CORE has implemented a model based on previous analytical and stochastic model approaches reported in the literature. Model implementation relies on the AIS database and derived products, the satellite orbit and resulting field of view (FOV) for the AIS and synthetic aperture radar (SAR) sensors to generate probability of detection values for AIS and SAR on an area basis. Various options are available to select various imaging modes of the sensor and to vary the ability of the

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Report Number
DRDC-OTTAWA-CR-2013-096 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
01 Dec 2013
Number of Pages
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