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ISS/Shuttle/Satellite Tracking Software and Links to Keplerian Elements Pages

See AMSAT's Review of various tracking software or
AMSAT's Software Purchase/Download site (Old Site for classic systems)

Tracking Software PC Shareware  PC Purchased Macintosh UNIX/LINUX Handhelds
Web-based Web-based Tracking Pass Predictions
Keplerian Elements Keplerian Elements Moon/EME
Phase 3D (AO-40) Telemetry Demod
Mission Related Launch Info NASA TV Shuttle Audio Retransmission
References Space Reference Page Links to Related Sites E-mail List Subscriptions

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Click here to see what the Space Station looks like on a visible pass (courtesy NASA)

The animation shows a simulated pass of International Space Station through the constellation Orion.  This is what a bright satellite pass is like.  Visible satellite passes occur after sunset and before dawn.

PC Tracking Software - Shareware & Public Domain

PC Tracking Software - Purchased

Macintosh Tracking Software

UNIX/LINUX/Solaris Tracking Software

Palm/Handheld Tracking Software

Web-Based (On-line) Tracking

Pass Prediction Web Pages

Phase 3D (P3D) AO-40 Software

Satellite Decay/Re-entry Prediction

Sources of Keplerian Elements

EME (Moonbounce) and Moon Keplerian Elements

Note:  Satellite tracking software cannot accurately track the moon using Keplerian Elements.  Some programs do generate reasonable TLE approximations, while other programs are specifically designed for tracking the moon without elements.  Moon tracking software is better than using Keplerian elements and satellite tracking programs for accurately calculating the Moon's position.  Most satellite tracking programs track the Sun very well since the Sun appears as a normal satellite to Earth-centric satellite tracking programs.

Launch Information

Shuttle Mission Audio Retransmission Frequencies on Amateur Bands

See NASA's Shuttle Launch Information Page, which includes a good list of frequencies to monitor.

Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD
Frequency (MHz) Mode Antennas Best Time to Receive
3.860 LSB N-S/E-W Dipoles Evening/Night
7.185 LSB N-S/E-W Dipoles Evening/Night
14.295 USB 3-element Yagi Daytime
21.395 USB 5-element Yagi Daytime
28.650 USB 4-element Yagi Daytime
147.45 FM Simplex Phased vertical Local Only, 24-hrs

Courtesy WA3NAN (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center) Amateur Radio Club, Greenbelt, MD

Note:  LSB, USB indicate either Lower and Upper Single Side Band.  A shortwave receiver with a Beat Frequency Oscillator (BFO) or SSB Mode is needed to receive these transmissions.

Amateur Radio Repeaters Retransmitting Shuttle Audio
Johnson Space Center (JSC), Houston, TX 146.64 (W5RRR)
Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Cape Canaveral, FL 145.17 (WA4VME)
146.94 (K4GCC)
Jet Propulsion Labs (JPL), Pasadena, CA 147.15 (WR6JPL)
Ames Research Center (ARC), Moffett Field, CA 145.585 (K6MF)
Lewis Research Center (LeRC), Cleveland, OH 145.67 or 147.195 (AK8Y)

If you would like to add your repeater to the list of those retransmitting shuttle audio during shuttle missions, please send me a note with your name, call sign, repeater frequency, call sign of repeater, and city/state where repeater is located.  Thanks!



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