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Multiple Orbital Satellites (updated) ISS, 796+ N7NXS 10/8/05 6:14 PM
So far:

ISS, HUBBLE, ITAMSAT, LUSAT, NOAA*, OSCAR*, PACSAT, PCSAT and RS-20

Soon to come frequency / status information for amateur radio satellites. Gonna try and add all amateur radio satellites I can find data for.

Weill probably add the SUN and MOON eventually.

Earth kinda looks like a large ball of string.

UPDATE:

For those of you who remember this thread and the original KML/KMZ files I came out with, and for those who've never heard of our Google Earth Satellite tracking interface I'm re-introducing our files to the group.

I've created a new KML interface to display live satellite data (including live position reports refreshing every 60 seconds) which is a significant improvement from our previous interface which only provided a snapshot every hour. This also includes orbital paths, actual pictures of the satellite (if available) and any data I could find on it.

Our new KML files can be accessed a few different ways:

1. Point your web browser at: http://www.openaprs.net/satellites.html and once loaded click [google earth: satellites] which will appear right below the right hand input box and Go botton.

-OR-

2. Point your web browser at: http://www.openaprs.net/engine/satellites/

You also have the option of finding a single satellite if you know the name:

http://www.openaprs.net/engine/satellites/<NAME>
Example: http://www.openaprs.net/engine/satellites/ISS

If you'd like dates and times displayed in your timezone you can use this format:

http://www.openaprs.net/engine/satellites/<TIMEZONE>/
http://www.openaprs.net/engine/satellites/<TIMEZONE>/<NAME>

Example: http://www.openaprs.net/engine/satellites/America/Los_Angeles/
Example: http://www.openaprs.net/engine/satellites/America/Los_Angeles/ISS

Timezones supported may be found at http://www.openaprs.net/timezones.html

The orbits are calculated using current keplerian data sheets which are updated every day or so.

In tracking mode GE will actually scroll with the satellite as it moves per refresh update.

Greg
Re: Multiple Orbital Satellites, ISS, HUBBLE, NOAA*... devore583 10/9/05 10:49 AM
I can't get this to work. I even tried going to the website you referenced in the file, but got nothing.
nice job jayzieh 10/9/05 1:57 PM
It works great !!!

nice work, looks good, mutch infos.....

and it´s a good tool, if you wanna show someone how cool the google world is and whatkind of diffrent infos u can get there.......

i am not sure of it´s usefull for me
but i love to watch this lines
and i love to click on a satellit and see all this infos about him

i think you done a great job
Re: Multiple Orbital Satellites, ISS, HUBBLE, NOAA*... N7NXS 10/9/05 4:04 PM
It'll work now, our internet access went out for a couple of hours....

Greg
Re: Multiple Orbital Satellites, ISS, HUBBLE, NOAA*... jeepguy 10/10/05 9:41 AM
Pretty Cool -


Not that I have any idea what most of it means -- but I like the fact I can see where they are and the orbit ...


Nice Job
Re: Multiple Orbital Satellites, ISS, HUBBLE, NOAA bkdelong 10/11/05 1:15 PM
Can you add a data link to each placemark? For instance, link Oscar 50 to: http://www.amsat.org/amsat/sats/n7hpr/so50.html or whatever the source for your GPS data...
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Re: Multiple Orbital Satellites, ISS, HUBBLE, NOAA N7NXS 10/12/05 9:07 AM

That is in the works along with displaying the Sat's info in the bubble... We're still working out details and adding the sun and moons orbit.

Greg
Re: Multiple Orbital Satellites, ISS, HUBBLE, NOAA N7NXS 10/12/05 8:48 PM
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Can you add a data link to each placemark? For instance, link Oscar 50 to: http://www.amsat.org/amsat/sats/n7hpr/so50.html or whatever the source for your GPS data...




There we go, got quite a few of the Satellite's data up and links to their status pages.

More to come.... I'm still mising some sat's etc I gotta work on...

Greg
Re: Multiple Orbital Satellites, ISS, HUBBLE, NOAA bkdelong 10/12/05 8:56 PM
Rock on - thanks for that.
Re: Multiple Orbital Satellites, ISS, HUBBLE, NOAA N7NXS 10/14/05 2:25 PM
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Rock on - thanks for that.




Might also note that we have put up the ability for users inside of Google Earth to post comments or chat regarding each individual satellite. Click the satellite or find it in the drop down under my places to bring up the information bubble then hit the "Post a Comment", when the .kmz refreshes your comment will show up under that satellite's information bubble.

Should be pretty handy for amateur operaters to share there satellite experiences with one another or post bleeding edge news on a satellite.

Cheers,

Greg
Re: Multiple Orbital Satellites (updated) ISS, 796+ N7NXS 10/27/05 9:44 AM

For those of you who have tracked this project we've added over 700 satellites that can be displayed and tracked divided up by category. We now have the following categories of satellites:

Amateur Radio
Global Positioning System
Geosynchronous Satellites
Weather Satellites
Geodetic Satellites
Space and Earth Science Satellites
Navy Navigation Satellite System (NNSS)
Geostationary Satellites
Engineering Satellites
Glonass Operational Satellites
Globalstar
Intelsat
Iridium
Orbcomm
Military

The amateur radio Satellites have quite an extensive list of information under their placemarks for each object, including radio frequencies. We're in the process of adding historical data for the rest of the satellites and have implimented a user comment system inside of Google Earth so anyone can add information about a satellite (within around 10 minutes it'll post on the next refresh under the placemark). We've also added real images of each amateur satellite along with Hubble and ISS and are in the process of researching and expanding to getting real images of the rest of the categories.

The default is to display the ISS, HUBBLE and Amateur Satellites but the others can also be selected by category.

NOTE: UPGRADE to version 3.0.0693 FIRST or none of the spiffy icons will be displayed as they are contained in the .kmz file that is downloaded and previous versions did not have support for that.

If you have any suggestions or comments I'd love to hear them...

Greg
Re: Multiple Orbital Satellites (updated) ISS, 796 bkdelong 10/27/05 1:16 PM
This is amazing. Are you involved with any other fellow Google hackers? I'm interested in mapping all the live water/flood gages around the country for the Army Corps of engineers, NOAA, and the USGS demarked by state, including as many details about each gage as possible. The data is out there and can be pulled live. This info combined with color-coded icons denoting various flood stages would be really valuable.

I just dont know how to setup such a script.
Re: Multiple Orbital Satellites (updated) ISS, 796+ AllanWalker 10/28/05 2:51 AM
Really superb layer.

What what be most impressive would be to look at coverage.. perhaps from a ground position, especially for commercial satcom birds like Inmarsat, Thuraya and Iridium and GPS users.

I've currently looked at the tool from Trimble. But if the coverage areas could be propogated onto GE that would just blow people away.

Set Google Earth up with a ThurayaDSL satellite modem, pop on the layer, and off you go.

Fantastic job fellas.

http://www.thuraya.com/products/images/dsl2.jpg
Re: Multiple Orbital Satellites (updated) ISS, 796 Frank4 10/29/05 6:16 AM
This is really great stuff. I'm writing a story on this at the Google Earth Blog. I do have a suggestion for improvement: make your network link be nested network links where each subfolder is a network link. That way you only download the currently "clicked-on" subfolder and it will load a lot faster without really creating a lot of work. It will also mean less impact on your server.

I also recommend you save the network link with the selected "amateur satellites" folder open so people can quickly understand what is going on.
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Re: Multiple Orbital Satellites (updated) ISS, 796 bkdelong 10/29/05 2:27 PM
ANyway of finding and adding these newly launched sats?
Re: Multiple Orbital Satellites (updated) ISS, 796 N7NXS 10/29/05 7:59 PM
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This is really great stuff. I'm writing a story on this at the Google Earth Blog. I do have a suggestion for improvement: make your network link be nested network links where each subfolder is a network link. That way you only download the currently "clicked-on" subfolder and it will load a lot faster without really creating a lot of work. It will also mean less impact on your server.

I also recommend you save the network link with the selected "amateur satellites" folder open so people can quickly understand what is going on.




Excellent suggestions...

We've changed the config around a bit and now each category of satellite is it's own nested network link. We've also taken the images back out of the kmz file to help with file size so it should load much faster. This also solves a build time problem we've been experiencing as each file is now built seperately and not all at once, so we'll be adding more satellites!

The amateur folder should now be expanded by default but we've got to play around with it a little more to make sure it's working correctly.

Greg
Re: Multiple Orbital Satellites (updated) ISS, 796 bamapookie 10/30/05 9:17 AM
Wow, this is amazing! This ranks right up there with the Weather and hurricane info, and the transparent cloud cover .kmz's. I noticed that all the paths appear to be at the same altitude. Would it be possible to render them at their actual altitudes?
Re: Multiple Orbital Satellites (updated) ISS, 796 tekgergedan 10/30/05 9:51 AM
Hey, this is one of the unimaginary works in the community...
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Re: Multiple Orbital Satellites (updated) ISS, 796 Frank4 10/31/05 2:41 PM
Hmm...I checked it out and apparently you are still downloading the nested network links when it loads. I suggest you turn on the option View-Based Refresh -> On Request for all the links except the default one, so that the user has to turn on the nested network link to request it to download.

It does appear to come up faster, but it's still downloading the data (from what I can see).
Re: Multiple Orbital Satellites (updated) ISS, 796 N7NXS 11/1/05 3:24 PM
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ANyway of finding and adding these newly launched sats?




So far I can't find the kepler data on all three that were launched. Two I believe were Cubesat's and one is the SSTEI.

I found the kepler for SSETI, I'm just hunting down the other two...

Greg
Re: Multiple Orbital Satellites (updated) ISS, 796 bkdelong 11/1/05 4:20 PM
Rock ON.
Re: Multiple Orbital Satellites, - Not Working jonsaad 11/22/05 12:25 PM
I'm not sure if I'm doing something wrong, but this does not seem to work for me at all. Am I doing something wrong? I just click the provided link and it opens Google EArth and the Place it opens just won't work, or at least it doesn't appear to. Any guidance would be appreciated.
Re: Multiple Orbital Satellites, - Not Working N7NXS 11/25/05 1:45 PM
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I'm not sure if I'm doing something wrong, but this does not seem to work for me at all. Am I doing something wrong? I just click the provided link and it opens Google EArth and the Place it opens just won't work, or at least it doesn't appear to. Any guidance would be appreciated.




You should be able to d/l it now, found and fixed the problem...

Gredg
Re: Multiple Orbital Satellites, - Not Working rlburnett 11/27/05 11:35 AM
I downloaded this last night and it worked fine. However, when I went back to look at it today, all the individual satellites were no longer listed and none of the orbits show. The only thing that appears to work is the placemark for the Satellite Map Center. A forced refresh does nothing. Is this a matter of the server being down at this time? I've closed and re-opened GE to no avail. Thanks for any info.

RL
Re: Multiple Orbital Satellites, - Not Working N7NXS 11/30/05 11:32 AM
Quote:

I downloaded this last night and it worked fine. However, when I went back to look at it today, all the individual satellites were no longer listed and none of the orbits show. The only thing that appears to work is the placemark for the Satellite Map Center. A forced refresh does nothing. Is this a matter of the server being down at this time? I've closed and re-opened GE to no avail. Thanks for any info.

RL




I shifted to a new database server and revamped the main website over the last few weeks so I've been sorting out the madness.

I tested it this morning and it appears to be correct now... Let me know if you have any further problems.

Greg
Re: Multiple Orbital Satellites (updated) ISS, 796+ the_hunted 2/28/06 11:58 PM
Quote:

So far:

ISS, HUBBLE, ITAMSAT, LUSAT, NOAA*, OSCAR*, PACSAT, PCSAT and RS-20

Soon to come frequency / status information for amateur radio satellites. Gonna try and add all amateur radio satellites I can find data for.

Weill probably add the SUN and MOON eventually.

Earth kinda looks like a large ball of string.






Way kool bud...... This is some very good work. set it up and it kicks......
Re: Multiple Orbital Satellites (updated) ISS, 796+ tekgergedan 5/28/06 11:36 AM
Just wanted this amazing work to be seen again in the long forum list. Look what can be done by using GE.

Dont underestimate and spend some time with the folders.

Cheers...
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Re: Multiple Orbital Satellites, - Not Working rcd2951 8/3/06 9:40 PM
Hi:

Seems the download is NOT operational again? Has it been changed? Will it be coming back up

Thanks

rcd2951

0804060800CDT - Never mind...had to download file first, not just click placemark...Thanks jp (rcd2951)
Re: Multiple Orbital Satellites (updated) ISS, 796+ IowaTom 8/21/06 8:04 PM
Hey N7NXS!

I just learned about this work you have done from a post to a satellite observing group I belong to.

Looks neat! I have to admit I am just starting to learn to use Google Earth. Coincidentally I am preparing a high school unit on satellite observing and the nature of their orbits. It’s my creative project for my graduate degree. In the process of figuring out ways to teach about inclination of orbits I did a lot of work with Google Earth. It’s amazing how much a person can visualize when using this program. Adjusting the compass rose to launch at 44 degrees azimuth from Cape Canaveral allowed me to see where the Shuttle first passes when launched toward the ISS. Seeing the latitude lines level off just as the satellite reaches the latitude equal to its inclination is very informative.

I would like to see an Earth image showing the extent to which the astronauts aboard can see N and S? I think they can only see about as far north as northern Alaska. Maybe you’ve already done that.

One thing I wish I could do would be to rotate the Earth beneath the ISS as it moves over the globe. This would show how its path over the Earth drifts eastward with each pass.

I did figure out how to simulate a fly over, including how far back to sit from the screen to see the ground move by as fast as it does when the astronauts are looking toward their nadir. To get the perspective correct I can either sit back a certain distance or adjust the scale legend to get the right perspective at the distance I am sitting. I’m amazed how fast they move along. A couple years ago Don Pettit was looking for a mirror reflection that I was using to hit him but he didn’t see it. Nuts! Now I know how hard it must have been. He was in orbit at the time and said it was, “real clear down there.”

It would be spectacular if a person could use a current TLE somehow to “look down” from where the ISS would be in real time, with the Earth moving below at the correct angle. I’d like to look ahead and know when they are going near my zenith then see what they are seeing at the same time.

Thanks for the work you have done! I will look into directing my students to it to see for themselves.

Tom, science teacher, NE Iowa
satellite planet syzygy 8/24/06 4:10 AM
amazing work!
(5 *s from me!)

thank you!

what a wonderful world...

satellite planet

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Nice Work Regienald 9/13/06 1:43 AM
This is awesome! Have no idea what companyies/goverements/agencies use these but none the less, its a impressive display.
Yourv've taken GE to another level.
Keep up the good work
Re: Multiple Orbital Satellites (updated) ISS, 796+ Randor 9/15/06 7:02 PM
How does this update? The latest information I see is for November 27th, 2005. There are several standalone programs that do the identical thing using Keplarian Elements that do not require a server.

The software I am using matches up with where NASA Select shows the ISS. This data layer shows it in a completely different place.

I'm not sure if everyone understands how satellites are actually tracked in space.
Re: Multiple Orbital Satellites (updated) ISS, 796+ BinBin 1/15/08 4:46 AM
Thanks for sharing
But seems the download time is a little bit long.
Re: Multiple Orbital Satellites (updated) ISS, 796 N7NXS 5/19/08 11:35 AM
For those of you who remember this thread and the original KML/KMZ files I came out with, and for those who've never heard of our Google Earth Satellite tracking interface I'm re-introducing our files to the group.

I've created a new KML interface to display live satellite data (including live position reports refreshing every 60 seconds) which is a significant improvement from our previous interface which only provided a snapshot every hour. This also includes orbital paths, actual pictures of the satellite (if available) and any data I could find on it.

Our new KML files can be accessed a few different ways:

1. Point your web browser at: http://www.openaprs.net/satellites.html and once loaded click [google earth: satellites] which will appear right below the right hand input box and Go botton.

-OR-

2. Point your web browser at: http://www.openaprs.net/engine/satellites/

You also have the option of finding a single satellite if you know the name:

http://www.openaprs.net/engine/satellites/<NAME>
Example: http://www.openaprs.net/engine/satellites/ISS

If you'd like dates and times displayed in your timezone you can use this format:

http://www.openaprs.net/engine/satellites/<TIMEZONE>/
http://www.openaprs.net/engine/satellites/<TIMEZONE>/<NAME>

Example: http://www.openaprs.net/engine/satellites/America/Los_Angeles/
Example: http://www.openaprs.net/engine/satellites/America/Los_Angeles/ISS

Timezones supported may be found at http://www.openaprs.net/timezones.html

The orbits are calculated using current keplerian data sheets which are updated every day or so.

Greg
Re: Multiple Orbital Satellites (updated) ISS, 796+ junaidahmed619 2/10/10 10:10 PM
The second link gives the .kml file to download. don't know how to open or what to do with that.
other information is interesting and helpful. appreciated that. i will check from where 1 Gram Gold Bar and DeGeorge Ceilings Tampabay is being operated.
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