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Investigate Satellite Orbit Tracks And Coverage (Including GPS Satellite Systems) With JSatTrak

The Earth Is Square posts about JSatTrak, a Java program to display satellite tracks and coverages in 2D and 3D. Huge feature list; from the website:

  • Real-time and non-real time tracking modes
  • Orbital elements for over 3,000 satellites which are easily updated
  • Ground stations: 800+ built in and the ability to create custom locations
  • Tracking tool – includes tracking angles, polar plotting, and pass predictions (visible and radar) with elevation constraints
  • 2D ground track display
  • 3D globe with streamable high resolution imagery via NASA’s World Wind SDK
  • Capture 3D animations
  • Custom Satellites using a mission designer interface with solver loops to allow for modeling of maneuvers
  • Custom high precision propagation – 4th, 8th, and adaptive 7-8th order Runge-Kutta methods
  • XML saving/loading of scenarios
  • Command console using BeanShell
  • Plugin capabilities using bean shell scripts
  • Remote command server (and client) for sending commands to the application remotely over a TCP/IP connection
  • Earth Coverage Analysis (screenshot, movie) (v3.2)
  • Create movies of any window or entire app (v3.2)
  • 3D model loader and new model centered view mode (ISS example) (v3.5)
  • Full screen exclusive mode for 3D windows (v3.5)
  • Nimbus look and feel support (screenshot) for java 1.6 update 10 or greater (v3.5)
  • More 2D map images and ability to load customized maps (v3.5)
  • Added 2D Earth lights night image effect (v3.5)
  • Run script without displaying GUI (v3.6)
  • TLE data importing and user defined datasets (see the readme in data/tle_user) (v3.7)

Here are two orbital tracks and coverages for  US GPS (random satellite in green), Glonass (random satellite in red:


And the same plot for the two prototype European Galileo GPS satellites:


Data is available for all US GPS, Glonass, Galileo and SBAS (WAAS/EGNOS) satellites, as well as the US Navy and Russian LEO systems; find them in the Satellite browser. Be sure to check out the screenshot gallery as well to get a feeling for what the program is capable of, but don’t bother download the .jst scenarios; they were created with an older version, and the new version doesn’t support this format.

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