Message on space track change

From: Kevin Fetter (kfetter@yahoo.com)
Date: Wed Feb 13 2013 - 02:39:52 UTC

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    Dear Space-Track User,
    
    We are pleased to announce that we will upgrade the current www.Space-Track.org on Wednesday, 20 February 2013 at 12:00 PST to add the look and functionality that matches what is now on https://beta.space-track.org.  The bulk file downloads from our current Space-Track site will continue to be available to scripters for a limited time after the upgrade using established URLs.
    
    This upgrade will vastly improve how the Space-Track User community interacts with orbital element sets, the satellite catalog and conjunction data.  With a robust Representational State Transfer (REST-ful) Application Programming Interface (API), scripters will be able to get the latest data available, customized for their purposes.  
    
    Here are just a few of the new features that will become part of the upgraded www.Space-Track.org:
    -  A streamlined and intuitive user interface that is easier to navigate and allows simple searches
    -  A robust help and documentation section
    - "Favorites" lists to identify logical groupings of catalog objects that Users can monitor via the web interface or with the site's API
    
    If you have production scripts that currently use beta.space-track.org, we recommend that you change your scripts to point at www.Space-Track.org on or after 20 February 2013.
    
    If you have scripts that screen-scrape or download text/zip files from the current yellow-colored legacy www.Space-Track.org, they will continue to perform correctly for a few months, but we recommend that you quickly transition your scripts to take advantage of the new API.  Documentation is available under “Help” to assist you, as well as the API query builder tool on the upgraded site.
    
    We have also started sharing information about Space-Track's new features on tumblr, facebook and twitter, so please engage us on your favorite social media platform.  Our sites are http://space-track.tumblr.com, http://www.facebook.com/SpaceTrack and http://www.twitter.com/SpaceTrackOrg 
    
    We understand that any significant upgrade has the potential to cause frustration for our user community and we apologize if this creates any adjustment problems for you.  For help or clarification, please email us at admin@space-track.org.
    
    Thank you,
    The www.Space-Track.org Team 
    
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