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9W2XAN
AMIZAN AHMAD
Class B Class
9W2XAN Ham Since 2009
Malaysia

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My Ham Radio Interests
2 Meter, Echolink (Node#477555), QRZ.com, eQSL.cc, ReaL Time SATELLITE Tracking.


Equipment
Motorola GM300, Yaesu FT1802-FM Transceiver, Handheld Kenwood THK-2 and Motorola GP328
Power Supply: Kensonic / Model:ADT-PX-12V30A

Other Interests
Antenna construction.Love to search how to build antennas and also a:

Webmaster for:-

v44 Community:
http://v44community.blogspot.com

Supercom Sungai Petani:
http://supercomsp.webs.com

And Active in The Postcrossing Project;

http://www.postcrossing.com

“send a postcard and receive a postcard back from a random person somewhere in the world!”

My Address:

Amizan Bin Ahmad
No. 187,
Jalan Perdana 9/22,
Phase 4, Bandar Perdana,
08000 Sungai Petani,
Kedah.
MALAYSIA.

Clubs
PERSATUAN RADIO AMATOR MELAYU UTARA SEMENANJUNG MALAYSIA (ASTRA).

DIGITAL MODES CLUB (DMC).

MALAYSIAN BIKERS COMMUNITY.

ISS FAN CLUB.

What is satellite tracking?

From 9W2XAN

6/23/2010 9:35:07 PM (0 comments) Add a commentAdd Comment


The first artificial satellite was put in the space on October 4, 1957 by the Russians. It was named Sputnik 1, and spent 92 days in Earth orbit. Since then man has launched thousands of rockets, and put thousands of satellites in orbit. There are more than 8000 objects in orbit now, including operational, non-operational, rocket bodies, and debris. They are orbiting at an altitude from 150, up to several thousands kilometers. For more than ten years people have been able to track satellites on a computer using satellite tracking software like Orbitron.

Due to predictable conditions of satellite movement in space (lack of atmosphere) computer software can calculate a satellite's position for given moment. Calculations are done based on known orbit parameters determined at epoch. Known orbital parameters like inclination, eccentricity, argument of perigee, mean motion (revolutions per day), let us track satellite for a reasonable period of time after epoch. Orbital data for each object is grouped, and distributed as a Two Line Element (TLE) file.

To keep tracking software working precisely, one should update elements periodically. For low orbiting objects (altitude less than 500 km) TLE data should be updated every few days. For higher orbits, you can update your TLE every few weeks. Other important things include making your predictions as close to real time as possible by using time synchronization, and the precise coordinates of your location.

You must remember that TLE data for an object that has maneuvered since the last elset is no longer any good. Updating is most important for satellites like Progress, Soyuz, and the Space Shuttle which maneuvers often (docking, deorbit, changing of orbit).

Why do we track satellites? There are several reasons. One might want to observe (even with the naked eye) ISS passing over their home or brilliant Iridium flares. Radio amateurs use satellite tracking software to obtain the best pass for QSO with another radio amateur. Such software can help you with your hobby, and will help you understand more about Astronomy, and Physics.

So even if you're a beginner, don't hesitate to download satellite tracking software like Orbitron. Change your home into mission control center!

Remember, satellite tracking is the easiest ever with Orbitron!

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