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John-
The same as Margaret, I'm running RH v6.0, and would be more than
willing to help.

73's de W8JSA
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From: John Magliacane <magliaco@email.njin.net>
To: <amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org>
Cc: <delaney@li.net>; <oz6bl@AMSAT.Org>
Sent: Saturday, September 04, 1999 4:20 PM
Subject: [amsat-bb] Seeking Linux Software Testers


> Hi Folks!
> 
> I'm about ready to release my latest version of PREDICT for Linux
> in a short while, and was wondering if anyone would be up to the
> challenge of testing the program and providing some feedback
> before I make a formal release of the software.  There are still
> some issues I need to work on (such as writing documentation --
> probably in HTML, and making the program easier for first-time
> users to set up their QTH and orbital data files), but I hope to
> have these issues resolved shortly.  
> 
> The major features of PREDICT V2.0 include:
> 
> * Fully year 2000 compliant.
> 
> * Designed under the Linux operating system to permit operation on
> a 
>   wide and expanding variety of hardware platforms ranging from
> palmtops 
>   to supercomputers (including 32-bit PCs (80386s or better) and
> Macintosh 
>   PowerPCs).
> 
> * Open source licensing allows anyone to contribute new features
> to 
>   the program while forever keeping the software, and any
> derivative 
>   works, non-proprietary and freely available.
> 
> * A *FAST* orbital prediction mode that predicts in advance passes
> of 
>   satellites and provides dates, times, coordinates, slant range
> distances, 
>   and sunlight and optical visibility information.  Predictions
> are 
>   displayed in tabular form and may be saved to a log file for
> later 
>   reference or printing.
> 
> * A real-time tracking mode that provides dynamic information such
> as 
>   sub-satellite point, groundstation azimuth and elevation
> headings, 
>   doppler shift, path loss, slant range, orbital altitude, orbital
> velocity, 
>   footprint diameter, orbital phase, the time and date of the next
> AOS 
>   (or LOS of the current pass), orbit number, and sunlight and
> visibility 
>   information for a single satellite, while at the same time
> providing 
>   live azimuth and elevation headings for both the sun and moon.
> 
> * A multi-tracking mode that provides sub-satellite point, azimuth
> and 
>   elevation headings, and slant range distance information for all
> 24 
>   satellites in the program's current database on a real-time
> basis. 
>   Azimuth and elevation headings for the sun and moon are also
> provided, 
>   as a well as a listing of the AOS dates and times for the next
> three 
>   satellites expected to come into range of the groundstation.
> 
> * Provides static information such as semimajor axis of ellipse,
>   apogee and perigee altitudes, and anomalistic and nodal periods
> of 
>   satellite orbits.
> 
> * Command line options permit alternate groundstation locations to
> be 
>   used or alternate orbital databases to be read and processed by
> the 
>   program, effectively allowing an UNLIMITED number of satellites
> to be 
>   tracked and managed.  Additional options allow any orbital
> database 
>   file to be automatically updated using NASA Two-Line element
> data 
>   obtained via the Internet or via pacsat satellite without having
>   to enter the program and manually select menu options to update
>   the database.
> 
> * A voice mode allows live azimuth and elevation headings of a
> satellite 
>   to be articulated to an observer to assist in locating a
> satellite by 
>   optical means.
> 
> You'll need a C compiler (gcc 2.7.2 works -- I haven't tied egcs),
> and ncurses to build the program.  A soundcard will be needed for
> the voice mode (add a low-power transmitter and have the program
> tell you where to find Mir in the evening sky!)  
> 
> Screenshots are available at:
> http://www.njin.net/~magliaco/software.html  
> 
> I'm also interested in how well the software compiles and runs on
> OSes other than Linux (such as SunOS, FreeBSD, etc.)  
> 
> Thanks!
> 
> 
> 73, de John, KD2BD
> 
> --
> -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- John A. Magliacane, KD2BD
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