Re: Do others fine the bulk tle files messed up

From: Robert (
Date: Sun Apr 21 2013 - 11:09:32 UTC

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    If you are referring to something like the "full catalog / 3-line format", then there may be several issues going on.  Looking at the
    URL and spot checking the output, it looks like it is just tle's that have been updated in the last 30 days and it is appears to be listed in  epoch order.
    I tried changing "EPOCH" to "NORAD_CAT_ID" in the URL and got an error, so I'm doing something wrong.  I'm still working through taking their example URLs and trying to learn some of the commands to tweak their examples for my purposes, so I'm not surprised I got an error just by trying something because I"m certainly no expert at using their new query URL options.
    I suppose you can try the query builder interface to see if you can make something that works sorted by norad catalog number or de-construct the bulk download URL and figure out what it may take to get them listed by norad cat number (i.e. if there is another piece of the URL  that needs to be present other than just changing "epoch" to "norad_cat_id".)
     From: Kevin Fetter <>
    Sent: Saturday, April 20, 2013 5:47 PM
    Subject: Do others fine the bulk tle files messed up
    I just contacted space track, because I found the bulk files you can download, show the satellites listed in a weird order, ie no longer listed in ascending catalog number order. Instead of VANGUARD 1 ( 00005 )being shown the first sat in the Full Catalog, FENGYUN 1C DEB ( 36160 ) is shown as the first sat.
    So is it just me, having the problem, are do other's have the same problem.
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