Feature Guide

The Satellite Tracking application features and guide information are described on this page.

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Satellite Tracking application.

App Install Location

When the application is installed you will see it in the most-recently-used list and in the application listing dialog under 'S' - Satellite Tracking.

Satellite Tracking application.

Future Passes 1/3

With this feature, for the satellite you are tracking and your location, you can find the dates and times the satellite is in view. Navigate to the Menu, then select Future Passes.

Future Passes

Future Passes 2/3

On the page, you will see the the first station's location, name of the satellite, a radio button selector allowing you to choose the period of time to calculate. The time periods are: 1 day, 1 week, 2 weeks, 1 month, 2 months, and 3 months. A Start and Stop button are presented and the listing of mutual times follow.

Future Passes

Future Passes 3/3

A nicely formated listing of the location information, UTC date and time, azimuth, and elevation are provided for printing.

Future Passes

Two Station Mutual Visibility Times 1/3

With this feature, you can select a satellite and a second location (country, gird square, or specific latitude and longitude) then perform a month's worth of calculations to see when you and the other location have mutual visibility to the satellite. This is a handy feature for when you want to set-up a schedule with a particular station or operator. Navigate to the Menu, then select Mutual Window.

DXCC

Two Station Mutual Visibility Times 2/3

On the page, you will see the the first station's location, name of the satellite, a radio button selector allowing you to choose Country, Grid Square, or specific Latitude and Longitude. A Start and Stop button are presented and the listing of mutual times follow.

DXCC

Two Station Mutual Visibility Times 3/3

A nicely formated listing of the two station's location information, mutual window times, listing index, UTC date and time, azimuth, and elevation are provided for printing.

DXCC

DXCC Country Mutual Visibility 1/3

With the QTH versus DXCC Entity feature (Menu->DXCC), you can see how many DXCC entities your QTH has possible for a given satellite. A month's worth of calculations are performed across all DXCC entities and tallied up.

DXCC

DXCC Country Mutual Visibility 2/3

When in the page, you can sort alpabetically or from highest elevation. Printing the results are also available. Just click the start button to beging the calculations.

DXCC

DXCC Country Mutual Visibility 3/3

When you exit this page and return to the main page, you will see all the countries visible with green icons and countries which are not in red.

DXCC

QO-100 Es'hail 2 Mutual Country Visibility

For QO-100 Es'hail 2, there are about 197 DXCC mutually visible country entities in the satellite's footprint.

Es'hailSat 2 DXCC

Can I track the planned Es'hailSat 2 now before launch?

Yes, you can. We have loaded the application with the same Keplerian elements as EUTELSAT-25B, just search for "ES'HAILSAT 2" in the search field, or select it in the Satellite's amatuer or geosynchronous list. It has catalog # 99999.

Es'hailSat 2

When is the planned launch of Es'hailSat-2?

Es'hailsat 2 is suppose to launch November 14, 2018.

What is the amatuer radio frequencies for Es'hailSat-2?

Narrowband Linear transponder:
 2400.050 - 2400.300 MHz Uplink
10489.550 - 10489.800 MHz Downlink

Wideband digital transponder:
 2401.500 - 2409.500 MHz Uplink
10491.000 - 10499.000 MHz Downlink

What are the equipment requirements for Es'hailSat-2?

X-Band 10 GHz Downlink:
– 89 cm dishes in rainy areas such as Brazil or Thailand
– 60 cm around coverage peak
– 75 cm dishes at peak -2dB
– NB: linear vertical polarization
– WB: linear horizontal polarization

S-Band 2.4 GHz NB-Uplink:
– narrow band modes like SSB, CW
– 5W nominal Uplink power (22.5 dBi antenna gain, 75cm dish)
– RHCP polarization

S-Band 2.4 GHz WB-Uplink (DATV):
– wide band modes, DVB-S2
– peak EIRP of 53 dBW (2.4m dish and 100W) required
– RHCP polarization

Can I track the Sun? Does the sun orbit the earth?

Yes, the application does show you the sun's location both in text form and on the map. We use a little trick emulating the sun does actually orbit the earth with a hand-crafted set of Keplerian elements.

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Sun orbit.

Does the application do augmented reality?

Yes, the application does have augmented reality on Sky Locator page. Here you will be able to see where the satellite is located in the sky and find out if there are any potential blocking buildings or trees. Give it a try -- we would like feedback from our users on this page. Here is a pic from the emulator - we'll add some code to get a real pic.

Augmented reality.

More augmented reality.

Here is another pic while using the application a phone tracking Es'hailsat 2 pre-launch. We have some work to do with all text on the screen :-)

Augmented reality - Es'hailsat 2.

Are satellites in the atmosphere?

Yes, some satellites orbit in the outermost layer of the atmosphere called the exosphere. The exposphere layer starts at about 6,200 miles (10,000 km) above the earth which is the top of the thermosphere layer. Molecules and atoms can escape into space from this layer. The thermopause area is located around 375 miles (600 km) above the earth just at the bottom of the exosphere layer.

atmosphere layers

What is a satellite in space?

A satellite is an ojbect in space that orbits or circles around a bigger object. There are two kinds of satellites: artifical (man-made such as the International Space Station (ISS) or natural such as the moon orbiting the earth.

Where/what is the satellite?

A satellite is an object in space that orbits or circles around a bigger object. There are two kinds of satellites: artifical (man-made such as the International Space Station (ISS) or natural such as the moon orbiting the earth.

How many man-made satellites are in space?

There are over 1,500 active satellites from many countries, both government and privately sponsored. There are also well over 3000 in active satellites. Russia launched the first satellite in 1957 - this satellite was called Sputnik 1. The oldest one still orbiting was launched in 1958.

sputnik 1

Distance between to locations supported?

Yes, on the distance page, input the latitude and longitude. This is computed to maidenhead grid square and distance. This feature can help you claim your new satellite dx record.

distance and grid

Convert grid to latitude and longitude?

Yes, on the distance page, input the grid square and the latitude and longitude will be calculated.

grid to lat lon

Can the map show the great circle route, maidenhead, and azimuth?

Yes, the map can show station #1's azimuth to station #2 and vice versa, plus the grid square in maindenhead coordinates. Distance is shown at mid-point.

map grid and distance

Can you show an azimuth-spider to aid in pointing my antenna? What direction do I point my dish?

Yes, the map shows an azimuth-spider overlay. The overlay is easily seen as you zoom in closer to your location. This is a great aid for antenna and dish installers.

azimuth spider

Looks great on any device

The Satellite Tracking application looks great on any device - PC, tablet, or phone.

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Only app you will need

The application tracks: amateur radio, brightest, communication, earth weather, geo synchronous, navigation, new, old, scientific, and space stations.

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Amateur radio satellites.

All in one

After selecting the satellite, calculations are displayed, you will be able to see the location details of the satellite per your location and footprint.

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Latitude, longitude, azimuth, elevation, time, date, etc. for International Space Station ISS.

Select settings

Many options are available for map (2D 3D), location, footprint, antenna direction, and more.

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Satellite footprint and antenna direction.

View in 3D

With the 3D map setting, viewing the earth is in 3D.

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Satellite map 2D or 3D.