[amsat-bb] Satellite tracking for Nokia N800/810

Wayne Estes w9ae at charter.net
Sun Feb 8 11:25:19 PST 2009

I recently ordered a Nokia N810 "internet tablet".  It's a pocket-sized 
computer with a 400 MHz Texas Instruments OMAP2420 processor running a 
stripped-down version of Linux called "Maemo".  It's open source, of 
course, and a community of enthusiasts develops software for this 
platform.  Unfortunately, the maemo.org software index does not list a 
satellite tracking program.

What are the practical options to put a satellite tracking program on a 
Nokia N810?  The display is 800x480 pixels, much larger than most 
"palmtop" computers.  Is there an existing Linux satellite tracking 
program that might work with Maemo Linux if I install the necessary 
libraries?  Or should I try a Palm OS emulator and use something like 
PocketSat that is designed for a much smaller display?  Any other 
emulation options to consider?

I'm NOT a Linux geek, so I don't know what are the range of options to 
investigate.  The device can access online satellite tracking 
applications using a Wi-Fi connection.  But I'm looking for something to 
track ham satellites when no wireless Internet connection is available.

Wayne Estes W9AE
Oakland, Oregon, USA, CN83ik

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