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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2008-12-03 06:17
  Subject:   Wanna see all 900+ satellites in Earth orbit in 3D?
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We hope you enjoy J-Track 3-D. It should appear in its own window and begin loading a database of over 900 satellites.

What you will see (assuming your system supports this JAVA applet) is a plot in 3-dimensions showing the position of these satellites. Be sure to try the "Satellite" pull-down menu to choose which satellite you wish to view.


http://science.nasa.gov/realtime/jtrack/3d/JTrack3D.html
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Willow: DI Impactor
  User: willow_red
  Date: 2008-12-03 14:32 (UTC)
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Interesting, though it's missing my new satellite. I think I like the Google Earth plugin better; it includes all unclassified objects and tracked debris. Also, it labels everything once you get close enough so you don't have to click on every object, one at a time. A quick search isn't turning up the URL for that plugin, but I have it bookmarked at work and can post it here if you're interested.
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Ben Cantrick
  User: mackys
  Date: 2008-12-03 14:44 (UTC)
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I have it bookmarked at work and can post it here if you're interested.

Please.

Also, note, this is only the "official" satellites. I'm sure there are... shit, easily 100 spy stats out there that aren't disclosed in public info.
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Willow: DI Impactor
  User: willow_red
  Date: 2008-12-04 15:01 (UTC)
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Of course, though it's actually only a subset of those (or maybe is just missing new ones). The unclassified set of objects in orbit is referred to as "the catalog" in professional circles, and each object is assigned a unique number. They're up over 33,000 now, though many of those are no longer up there. That doesn't count any of the spy satellites or debris smaller than 10 cm (4 in) that the military doesn't want to admit it has the ability to track.

Anyway, as promised, here's the link to that Google Earth plugin. Other apps by that same developer group (and a link to source code can be found here.

And if you're interested in seeing when these things are likely to bump into each other, you might like the SOCRATES web site. Check out the top ten lists and see how often the word "Fengyun" shows up.
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