[amsat-bb] SpaceTrack.org upgrade 20 February 2013 at 12:00 PST

Joe Fitzgerald jfitzgerald at alum.wpi.edu
Tue Feb 12 13:06:38 PST 2013

If you are getting your keps from SpaceTrack, you may see some changes
soon.  The following is the latest from Vandenburg:


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 andhttp://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 at space-track.org.

Thank you,
The www.Space-Track.org Team

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