Satellite Tracking System: Orbitron by Sebastian Stoff / Satellite tracking easiest ever!

Web Name: Satellite Tracking System: Orbitron by Sebastian Stoff / Satellite tracking easiest ever!






Satellite tracking • HAM radio • ISS • Visual observing • Tracking software • Iridium flares • Satellite tracking at home

Orbitron - Satellite Tracking System


version 3.71 - 2005.09.08 - Win9x/Me/2k/XP/2k3/Vista

(C) 2001-2005 by SebastianStoff

Orbitron is Cardware!
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What is satellite tracking?

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Orbitron is a satellite tracking system for radio amateur and observing purposes. It's also used by weather professionals, satellite communication users, astronomers, UFO hobbyist and even astrologers.

Application shows the positions of satellites at any given moment (in real or simulated time). It's FREE (Cardware) and it's probably one of the easiest and most powerful satellite trackers, according to opinions of thousands of users from all over the world. I'm still working on it, waiting for your opinions and bug reports. Please try it. If you like it - tell your friends about it and send me a postcard...

FEATURES:NORAD SGP4/SDP4 prediction models20000 satellites can be loaded from TLE file(s) (auto: PC/Unix, 2/3 line)ALL of them can be tracked at the same timeSun and Moon trackingFull-screen, presentation modesSupported screen resolutions from 640x480Real-time mode / Simulation mode (free time control)Advanced passes & Iridium flares search engine (results printing)Miscellaneous options of visualisationNightlife (dark color-scheme for night usage)Orbit infoNotes for each objectRadarEasy, flexible interfaceDatabase of cities around the worldDatabase of satellite frequenciesPC clock synchronization via NTPInternet TLE updater (with ZIP support) via HTTPRotor/radio control (built-in or user's driver support)Windows screen-saver includedTranslations supportedand many, many, more...
SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS (recommendations)Windows 9x/2k/Me/XP/2003/Vista, Linux [with Wine emulation]150 MHz processor (300 MHz)16 MB RAM (32 MB)5 MB free space on hard drive640x480 screen resolution (800x600x16 bit)
3.71 / 2005.09.08Bulgarian noitalsnart addedinstaller upgraded (more languages during installation)other fixes and updates
3.70 / 2005.08.11Catalan noitalsnart addedUkrainian and Slovak snoitalsnart updatedtrue anomaly and object's constellation name output in Data panelhelp and databases updatedother fixes and corrections
3.60 / 2005.07.12Korean and Macedonian snoitalsnart addedWorld Magnetic Model updated to epoch 2005Message Board improvedother small features, updates and corrections
What is satellite tracking?

The first artificial satellite was put in the space on October 4, 1957 by theRussians. It was named Sputnik 1, and spent 92 days in Earth orbit. Since thenman has launched thousands of rockets, and put thousands of satellites in orbit.There are more than 8000 objects in orbit now, including operational,non-operational, rocket bodies, and debris. They are orbiting at an altitudefrom 150, up to several thousands kilometers. For more than ten years peoplehave been able to track satellites on a computer using satellite trackingsoftware like Orbitron.

Due to predictable conditions of satellite movement in space (lack ofatmosphere) computer software can calculate a satellite's position for givenmoment. Calculations are done based on known orbit parameters determined atepoch. Known orbital parameters like inclination, eccentricity, argument ofperigee, mean motion (revolutions per day), let us track satellite for areasonable period of time after epoch. Orbital data for each object is grouped,and distributed as a Two Line Element (TLE) file.

To keep tracking software working precisely, one should update elementsperiodically. For low orbiting objects (altitude less than 500 km) TLE datashould be updated every few days. For higher orbits, you can update your TLEevery few weeks. Other important things include making your predictions asclose to real time as possible by using time synchronization, and theprecise coordinates of your location.

You must remember that TLE data for an object that has maneuvered since thelast elset is no longer any good. Updating is most important for satelliteslike Progress, Soyuz, and the Space Shuttle which maneuvers often (docking,deorbit, changing of orbit).

Why do we track satellites? There are several reasons. One might want toobserve (even with the naked eye) ISS passing over their home or brilliantIridium flares. Radio amateurs use satellite tracking software to obtain thebest pass for QSO with another radio amateur. Such software can help youwith your hobby, and will help you understand more about Astronomy, andPhysics.

So even if you're a beginner, don't hesitate to download satellite trackingsoftware like Orbitron. Change your home into mission control center!

Remember, satellite tracking is the easiest ever with Orbitron!

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