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Satellite Tracker

Satellite Tracker

Last changed: Sep 17, 2009

Satellite Tracker

Category: Utilities
HomepageSusan Mackay
Rating: rating 6(14150)
Version: 1.4
Size: 0.2 MB

Price:  Free 

Description:

Track satellites as they pass over your location. This application allows you to select any number of satellites and will show the track through the sky of the next pass(es) of each over your location. Frequency information can be added so you know how to tune into the signals. The satellite information is downloaded via the internet, and the iPhone GPS can be used to automatically track your location. Options allow the display of the sun and moon locations and the angle of the iPhone/iPod Touch to indicate to guide where to point your antenna. This application is primarily intended for those who use the Amateur Radio satellites but weather and other satellites can also be tracked.

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Great app  rating of Satellite Tracker
By: W4JE - Dec 1, 2009
Version: 1.4
This is a powerful program with a simple and intuitive interface. Be sure to go through the help file to see all of the features. For example, the program is able to discern the elevation angle your device is pointed, and show it on the radar screen, to help point a Yagi toward the satellite. Why anyone would give this free yet highly capable program anything except five stars is beyond me. Kudos to the author.


Buggy but cool  rating of Satellite Tracker
By: Stellarnight - 26-Mar-2009
Version: 1.1
This app. isn't just for the radio enthusiest. If you're out camping or live in a rural area you can watch satellites cross the sky. This app. will help you do that. It is finiky though. If you select too many satellites or just one the app. doesn't like, the app. will crash and you will need to reinstall it to get it running again. It's a cool app. based on Geek-Factor but of little practical value to many people. I would also suggest reporting any bugs to the developer rather than simply posting complaints here. While reviews inform potential users of the functionality and value of the features, bug reports inform the developer of problems so they can be resolved quickly and enhance the product.


Most impressive  rating of Satellite Tracker
By: Satellite_guy - 5-Mar-2009
Version: 1.0
I am not an amateur radio enthusiast but can see myself playing around with this app a great deal during camping season. Thanks so much to the developer. Worth the download. Not high on graphics but lots of info. Currently watching stats on Gloabalstar01 satellite - travelling at 7.1 km/sec at an altitude of 1515.81 km - are you freakin kidding me? Thats cool. 4 stars for the app and a bonus star cause its free.


Very useful  rating of Satellite Tracker
By: Törvic - 23-Mar-2009
Version: 1.1
This app does just what it says. If you choose the satellite you want to track, it will give you all the info you need. Tried it to track the ISS (can easily be seen just after sunset or just befre sunrise) and it was spot-on for timing and direction. The app has a very useful information section. One suggestion - it would be useful if the program only downloaded TLE files for the satellites that have been selected. This may make it a bit faster. Otherwise a pretty good and useful app.


Great functional app for folks who already watch the sky  rating of Satellite Tracker
By: TheSuperDD - Jul 27, 2009
Version: 1.2
Ignore useless two-word reviews that bash free apps and try this one. I have only had my phone a couple weeks and I love how I keep finding useful ways to use it. The other evening, some friends came outside saying they had heard the Shuttle would be overhead soon. I quickly searched the app store and found this gem. Within 60 seconds, I install the app, searched for the Shuttle, downloaded the TLE files, and had a basic telemetry chart up. To address other reviews, this app has never crashed on me and I must have been too excited to notice spelling 'errors'. Also, If you do not know why this app would have to download additional files in order to function, you should get a little education before complaining.


Works well. Spot on for the International Space Station  rating of Satellite Tracker
By: ArsAstronautica - Apr 20, 2009
Version: 1.2
I have been using this app for the last month or so and have found it to be very reliable. I like to spot satellites visually as they fly overhead. ST does a very good gob in predicting and tracking the sightings. On that scale it gets five stars in my book. Easy to use, easy to track satellites.
One feature that would be nice is to sort/identify those sightings that are visible to the naked eye vs those that are not. Right now I sort of do that manually by looking at the fly over time and the local time of sunset/sunrise.


Ham Radio Operator  rating of Satellite Tracker
By: AF5U - Apr 1, 2009
Version: 1.1
I've been using this tool for a month or more. It gets better with age. It does enough to get the job done of 1) telling me which passes to go for and 2) assisting me to setup rig and antenna throughout the pass. Any more infomation would just confuse me. It agrees with AMSAT.org and even allows times to be given on UTC or local. I really like that when I am planning my time around passed. The only problem I have with it is simply reading the small numbers on the graphics.


Good for visually viewing satellites, too!  rating of Satellite Tracker
By: BobCat77 - Nov 22, 2009
Version: 1.4
This is a very good app, especially given its target audience. I'm not in that audience, but am interested in visually looking for satellites at night. The TLE files this app needs give up to date orbital information for the satellites. This is necessary as the orbital elements can change often, e.g. when the Shuttle leaves the Space Station to come home.
By choosing a few satellites of interest, such as the ISS (International Space Station), the Space Shuttle (STS; there's not always one flying!), the Hubble Space Telescope, etc., the app predicts the timing and path across the sky of each satellite. This seems to be quite reliable, and allowed me to show some friends the bright Shuttle and ISS pass overhead one night. The app also has the radio frequency, as it is intended to for radio amateurs. It works well for visual observations, too, although you have to be careful in the latter case that the Sun is actually lighting up the satellite, while the sky is reasonably dark. (Hence visual viewing is normally done during twilight hours.)
Humbly submitted, some suggestions for future upgrades:
- Use the Compass to allow pointing to the right part of the sky.
- If possible, use voice queues to allow pointing to the right part of the sky without having to look at the face of the iPhone.
- Include Iridium "flares."
- Allow multiple tracks on one plot. Or at least allow paging through each of the selected satellites from the tracking screen, without having to return to the list to get to the next track. It would also help to put the satellite name on the tracking plot.
- Allow filtering by time. (Visual observations are generally only useful during twilight.)
There are Web pages, such as heavens-above.com, that are more sophisticated, but an iPhone app is in some senses easier to use.


Worked as advertised for me  rating of Satellite Tracker
By: Digit42 - Mar 18, 2009
Version: 1.1
Assuming the tracking is correct, it's actually pretty good. I had no trouble with the app, it worked 100%. One thing that would be nice (but the processing power is probably prohibitive) would be to show me what's currently above the horizon so I can pop the app open then look at the sky to find what's flying over head.
Also an option for "upcoming iridium flares" would be pretty cool too. I believe it would take quite a while to add them all and track them.


Useful and shows promise  rating of Satellite Tracker
By: ayshih - Mar 17, 2009
Version: 1.1
I work with spacecraft, and it is really neat to be able to get pass information (i.e. when a satellite is visible, what elevation, etc.) through this app. This app is unfortunately lacking in pizazz, but is quite useful for those who understand what it does and how to use it. I like how the TLEs will be updated regularly, and there is an extensive selection of satellites in various categories. I look forward to future versions, which hopefully will include such features as ground tracks or tracking Iridium flares.


 
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Best  rating of Satellite Tracker
By: Cinemaworker - 10-Mar-2009
Version: 1.0
I paid for that 'other' sat. app but use this one much more. It has a huge list of possible sats. I really like the 'show held angle' setting which uses your devices accelerometer to show the amgle of the sat. - a Great idea. Only problem with this initial release is that it occasionally quits and thereafter stops working entirely. Once I delete the app (and it's data) and reload from the store, all is fine for a few more days.


Great App, I Want More!  rating of Satellite Tracker
By: Bennythesoundman - 08-Mar-2009
Version: 1.0
This is a very good app that could be great with a graphical interface of Earth showing where over the world the satellite is hovering (like that seen on the cover page) - at the moment it simply indicates in what direction from where you are the chosen satellite is passing. Even better a 3D world like in Google Earth where you can see the trajectory of the satellite & interact with the Earth. Food for thought. As it stands at the moment the app encompasses some pretty impressive data but because I've been spoiled by all the high gloss apps in the App Store I want more! :-) I have no doubt there's more than enough here for the scientific community but with some turbo-charged graphics I think the general public (even kids with an interest in space) will catch onto this as well.


Good for visually viewing satellites, too!  rating of Satellite Tracker
By: BobCat77 - Nov 22, 2009
Version: 1.4
This is a very good app, especially given its target audience. I'm not in that audience, but am interested in visually looking for satellites at night. The TLE files this app needs give up to date orbital information for the satellites. This is necessary as the orbital elements can change often, e.g. when the Shuttle leaves the Space Station to come home.
By choosing a few satellites of interest, such as the ISS (International Space Station), the Space Shuttle (STS; there's not always one flying!), the Hubble Space Telescope, etc., the app predicts the timing and path across the sky of each satellite. This seems to be quite reliable, and allowed me to show some friends the bright Shuttle and ISS pass overhead one night. The app also has the radio frequency, as it is intended to for radio amateurs. It works well for visual observations, too, although you have to be careful in the latter case that the Sun is actually lighting up the satellite, while the sky is reasonably dark. (Hence visual viewing is normally done during twilight hours.)
Humbly submitted, some suggestions for future upgrades:
- Use the Compass to allow pointing to the right part of the sky.
- If possible, use voice queues to allow pointing to the right part of the sky without having to look at the face of the iPhone.
- Include Iridium "flares."
- Allow multiple tracks on one plot. Or at least allow paging through each of the selected satellites from the tracking screen, without having to return to the list to get to the next track. It would also help to put the satellite name on the tracking plot.
- Allow filtering by time. (Visual observations are generally only useful during twilight.)
There are Web pages, such as heavens-above.com, that are more sophisticated, but an iPhone app is in some senses easier to use.


Awesome tool for free!  rating of Satellite Tracker
By: radarnav - Sep 28, 2009
Version: 1.4
My son and I like to spot satellites when we get the chance. This is an awesome tool, and it's FREE! Suggested improvements: Brightness, Iridium Flares, and most importantly - a "night vision" mode where the screen goes red to preserve your night vision. As is, the screen brightness pretty much ruins your chances of seeing anything but the brightest objects.
I'm VERY interested in the Pro version, but can't seem to get any detailed info on the product, and the developer's website/support site is pretty much useless. Pitty. She's done a fantastic job on the stripped down version, and I'd like to contact her to see what she has planned for the future. I'd be money in the bank!


A good app  rating of Satellite Tracker
By: Chris hevey - 02-Aug-2009
Version: 1.2
No crashes here - flawless performance! constructive ideas: Some integration with the iPhone compass would be very useful How about a tracker view for those of us who just like to look at satellites and aren't interested in the specifics of radio etc? Maybe it should just plot anything in your selection list that should be visible, with just the name, or an info box popping up if you touch the plot?


Good for visually viewing satellites, too!  rating of Satellite Tracker
By: BobCat77 - Aug 3, 2009
Version: 1.2
This is a very good app, especially given its target audience. I'm not in that audience, but am interested in visually looking for satellites at night. The TLE files this app needs give up to date orbital information for the satellites. This is necessary as the orbital elements can change often, e.g. when the Shuttle leaves the Space Station to come home.
By choosing a few satellites of interest, such as the ISS (International Space Station), the Space Shuttle (STS; there's not always one flying!), the Hubble Space Telescope, etc., the app predicts the timing and path across the sky of each satellite. This seems to be quite reliable, and allowed me to show some friends the bright Shuttle and ISS pass overhead one night. The app also has the radio frequency, as it is intended to for radio amateurs. It works well for visual observations, too, although you have to be careful in the latter case that the Sun is actually lighting up the satellite, while the sky is reasonably dark. (Hence visual viewing is normally done during twilight hours.)
Humbly submitted, some suggestions for future upgrades:
- Use the Compass to allow pointing to the right part of the sky.
- If possible, use voice queues to allow pointing to the right part of the sky without having to look at the face of the iPhone.
- Include Iridium "flares."
- Allow multiple tracks on one plot. Or at least allow paging through each of the selected satellites from the tracking screen, without having to return to the list to get to the next track. It would also help to put the satellite name on the tracking plot.
- Allow filtering by time. (Visual observations are generally only useful during twilight.)
There are Web pages, such as heavens-above.com, that are more sophisticated, but an iPhone app is in some senses easier to use.


Sat Tracker  rating of Satellite Tracker
By: SNG TRUCK OP - Apr 4, 2009
Version: 1.1
This app is great! As a Satellite Engineer I use this to help me locate where the different satelittes are up in space. The coordinates are acqurate enough to locate the bird your looking for. My plan is to use the notes section to store transponder and freq. Info like FEC and SYM rates. I've looked for an app like this for a long time.


Request to add longitude for geostationary satellites  rating of Satellite Tracker
By: kr1zan - Mar 26, 2009
Version: 1.1
Just thought about another handy piece of info: It would be handy if the longitude of the geostationary satellites was shown on the satellite selection page. This would allow for selection without having to know the actual name of the satellite (i.e., 110W, 117E, and SAT MEX 5 117W). Really enjoying this app. Thanks for creating it.


Great app  rating of Satellite Tracker
By: W4JE - Dec 1, 2009
Version: 1.4
This is a powerful program with a simple and intuitive interface. Be sure to go through the help file to see all of the features. For example, the program is able to discern the elevation angle your device is pointed, and show it on the radar screen, to help point a Yagi toward the satellite. Why anyone would give this free yet highly capable program anything except five stars is beyond me. Kudos to the author.


Very cool app  rating of Satellite Tracker
By: K7FZO - Mar 17, 2009
Version: 1.1
As a long time "bird" tracker and an early iPod Touch adopter I can honestly say I have been waiting a long time for an app like this, especially since my Palm died and along with it my tracking software. App works great for me, just follow the fine documentation and it will work great for you too. Great job Susan!!!


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    Czech Republic247
    Finland208
    Greece274
    Ireland285
    Lebanon169
    Luxembourg221
    Norway237
    Pakistan177
    Poland292
    Portugal139
    Qatar176
    Romania297
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    Slovakia158
    South Africa111
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