Re: [gpsstash] Re: Fun Satellite Tracking Software
Also check out www.heavens-above.com . This is a great site for finding out when a satellite is viewable from your location. Great for tracking ISS, seeing Iridium Flares, and more.
-- Mike Frazier email: MikeFrazier@visto.com Colorado Springs, CO AOL IM: frazierm99
-----Original Message----- From: Michael G. Koerner email@example.com Sent: Thu, 11 Jan 2001 12:22:52 -0600 To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: [gpsstash] Re: Fun Satellite Tracking Software
"Dostal, Jason J" wrote:
> Date: Thu, 11 Jan 2001 09:56:44 -0600 > From: "Dostal, Jason J" > Subject: Fun Satellite Tracking Software > > I was browsing around the net today, and found a cool piece of software > called SatScape. It allows you to load up a database of all the operational > GPS satellites along with hundreds of other man made objects orbiting earth > (including MIR). You then enter your position info into the program and > select a view, and it starts tracking the satellites for you on an overview > or horizon map. It's kinda fun to play with, so I thought I'd hand the link > out to everyone: > > http://www.satscape.co.uk/ > > It's freeware, so you don't have to pay anything. Also, here is how you add > the GPS satellites into the database: > > In the Satscape Control Panel select the tab marked "Groups and Elements" > Select "Add new group" > Select "Yes" when asked if Internet updated > Type "GPS Operational" in the next box and select "ok" > Type gps-ops.txt (lowercase) and select "ok" > Type ftp.celestrak.com and select "ok" > Type /pub/elements and select "ok" > Click "Keplerian Element Update and Clock Sync" - make sure you are online > before you do this. > Go to the "Satellite Database" tab. Select "GPS Operational" from the > "Favourite Satellites" pulldown menu and click "Select All". > Click "Save And Close" > > Then, go to one of the graphical views and see what's currently floating > above you. Have fun. > > Jason
I have found a couple of more satellite sites.
NASA has a *GREAT* JAVA applet based satellite tracker at:
It has predictions as well as a KEWL rotatable '3D' image showing current, real-time locations of satellites in their correct orbital positions around the Earth. Yes, it even shows most, if not all, of the GPS 'birds' as well as satellites in 'geo-synchonous' orbit.
Also, don't forget the handy and easy to use http://www.heavens-above.com for good local visible satellite predictions, including the dazzlingly bright sunlight reflection 'flares' off of the Iridium satellites (I saw one 'Iridium flare' here in Appleton on wednesday evening that shined at magnitude -9).
Satellite watching is a FUN way to spend the early evening after a good 'cache hunt' (or a pre-dawn morning before one).