Re: Question: r/e Orbital math (SGP4/SDP4?)

Bjoern Gimle (
Thu, 25 Jul 1996 23:13:28 +0200 (MET DST)

>Kerry L. Bonin wrote:
>...), and I have been wanting to write a
>good satellite package for quite some time.  (Yes, I know there are lots out
>there!)  I am interested in putting together a Win32 ap, with the focus on
>visual presenation.

In my opinion we don't need more prediction programs, since there already
enough of them doing tabular or star map predictions, occultations,
solar and lunar transits, ground tracks, stereographic space views...

I would rather write (and I will) better interfaces to make use of
existing programs, and satellite data/magnitude reference files.
SkyMap, Quicksat, Seesat need no more improvement to participate in this,
since they have manageable input files for everything, and output
files that can be interpreted by other programs. TrakStar has good
output, but needs a lot of cursor key input from menus, other programs
seem to have greater problems.

This is part of my line of work, and hobby, and of what I will discuss
at Eurosom 2 in October.

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