14-16 October 2019
Athens Conservatoire
Europe/Athens timezone

Open source satellite tracking

15 Oct 2019, 13:20
Athens Conservatoire

Athens Conservatoire

Vasileos Georgiou B 17-19, Athina 106 75, Greece
Talk Ground Networks, Launchers, and Operations Talks


Dr Cees Bassa


Orbital elements, in the form of two line element sets, are provided by a limited number of organizations. While the vast majority is published by the US military, a small group of dedicated amateur satellite trackers maintains a catalog of orbital elements for mostly classified satellites whose elements are not made public. As part of this amateur effort, I have developed open source software to track satellites using video and photographic cameras as well as through their Doppler curves from radio data. I will present a brief overview of the software, and will discuss how it can be used for cubesats.

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