How Free STK Changed Aerospace & Defense
- Mar 23, 2017
- Blog Post
- Systems Tool Kit (STK)
When AGI first introduced a free version of STK back in 1997, it was a very “bold and risky move that could easily make or break the company” as CEO Paul Graziani explained in this article from The Wall Street Journal. To help understand the motivation for this bold and risky move, it’s helpful to understand AGI’s vision, which is “a dramatically more efficient and effective aerospace and national security environment.”
By providing a free software tool that was broadly applicable, AGI provided an alternative to building inefficient, ineffective software tools from scratch. Furthermore, it provided a quick on-ramp for customers who needed more advanced capabilities using STK’s add-on products. The risk paid off, as STK quickly became an industry standard for modeling, simulation, and analysis of land, sea, air, and space systems.
Looking back now in 2017, 20 years after introducing free STK, and five (5) years after introducing Cesium and free 3D in STK, it’s safe to say AGI’s gamble on providing free software has paid off.