[amsat-bb] PSAT2 simple tracking for wilderness mobiles

Robert MacHale robert.machale at yahoo.com
Thu Jun 27 22:09:36 UTC 2019

Also, for tracking PSAT2 this site looks good: http://amsat.org.ar/pass?satx=psat2

Will PSAT2 eventually end up on TLE download site: https://www.amsat.org/tle/current/nasa.all 

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    On Thursday, June 27, 2019, 1:11:59 PM PDT, Robert Bruninga via AMSAT-BB <amsat-bb at amsat.org> wrote:  
 You don't need no stinkin' computer...

I updated my Mobile LEO tracking site to show graphically how PSAT2 orbit

Easy to remember.  5 minutes later per day, but a new orbit an hour and a
half earlier every other day.  (This is approximate... time will tell...
might change as we see the effect of the elliptical orbit)

If you are in the wilderness, just monitor 145.825 and when you hear
PSAT2, then you can easily guess all orbits in the future...


-----Original Message-----
From: Robert Bruninga <bruninga at usna.edu>
Sent: Thursday, June 27, 2019 12:13 PM
To: 'amsat bb' <amsat-bb at amsat.org>
Cc: Robert Bruninga <bruninga at usna.edu>; 'Steve Dimse' <sdimse at gmail.com>
Subject: PSAT2 is coming to Northern Latitudes!!

PSAT2 is coming to the Northern hemisphere!

After reviewing the orbit, it is somewhat time synchronous, meaning each
orbit time (at mid northern latitudes) is just 5 minutes later each night.
But then a NEW earlier orbit appears 90 minutes earlier every other day.

So, by the 4th of july, one week from now, PSAT2 first pass will be as
early as 4 PM local time... (in the Northern Hemisphere mid latitudes)

And the Apogee moves rapidly,  In just two weeks, Apogee will be over the
northern hemisphere giving higher latitudes much better access.  At launch
it was the middle of the night and perigee was in the Northern hemisphere
making it only visible for lower latitudes.

So things will improve for Northern Hemisphere .... (and then two weeks
get worse, etc)...

24 Hour telemetry plots (links to FINDU.COM) are now available on the
http://aprs.org/psat2.html page.

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