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Re: PREDICT Version 2.1.0 For Linux Released



Hi Jaime
I have the Meade Autostar controller.  You can directly enter the keps into
it for auto tracking.  I haven't tried to visually see the satellites with
it yet but plan to try mounting my Arrow Antenna to it.
----- Original Message -----
From: jamie <jmorken@home.com>
To: John Magliacane <magliaco@email.njin.net>; amsat <amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org>
Sent: Sunday, April 02, 2000 12:33 AM
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] PREDICT Version 2.1.0 For Linux Released


> Hi John,
> Is there anyway to hook this up to a MEADE telescope with motor drives to
> visually see the satellites?  Perhaps there is other software too!?
Thanks for
> your time,
>
> Jamie Morken
>
>
> John Magliacane wrote:
>
> > The latest version of PREDICT for the Linux operating system has been
> > released.  The major features of version 2.1.0 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, providing 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, printing, or parsing by other programs.
> >
> > * An optical visual orbital prediction mode that displays satellite
> >   passes that may be optically visible to the groundstation.
> >
> > * A solar illumination prediction mode that calculates how much time
> >   a satellite will spend in sunlight per day.
> >
> > * 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 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, sunlight and visibility, 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
> >   specified 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.
> >
> > * PREDICT can now act as a socket-based server and be used to supply
> >   real-time tracking data, such as azimuth and elevation headings,
> >   footprint diameters, sub-satellite point latitude and longitude
> >   headings, normalized Doppler shift data, and next predicted AOS times
> >   to external programs such as rotator control software, graphical map
> >   tracking software, or radio frequency control programs residing either
> >   on the host machine, or on any networked client using the UDP
> >   communications protocol.
> >
> > Changes from the previous version include:
> >
> > * A solar illumination feature was added to predict the percentage
> >   of time a satellite spends in sunlight per day.
> >
> > * Orbital predictions for satellites that appear to have decayed
> >   since the last Keplerian orbital update are no longer attempted
> >   by the program.
> >
> > * Date and time used to start orbital predictions may now be
> >   abbreviated to Day/Month/Year only (00:00:00 is assumed).
> >
> > * System clock/calendar is now read to millisecond precision,
> >   permitting more "lively" real-time tracking mode displays.
> >
> > * "vocalizer" code was changed to use a slightly different (better)
> >    approach towards initializing and sending data to the system
> >    soundcard.
> >
> > * Socket-based server code was contributed by Ivan Galysh, KD4HBO.
> >   It allows PREDICT to export real-time tracking data for all 24
> >   satellites to external client programs, such as automatic antenna
> >   rotator controllers, graphical map display programs, or TX/RX
> >   tuning controllers.  The server features are activated by invoking
> >   PREDICT with a -s switch.  Communication between server and clients
> >   is by way of the UDP protocol.  Real-time data is exported by PREDICT
> >   in both the single satellite and multi-satellite tracking modes.
> >
> > * The command-line parsing code was modified to prevent segmentation
> >   faults from occurring if command-line options are incorrectly issued.
> >
> > * Some minor coding changes were made.
> >
> > PREDICT is free software, and may be downloaded from:
> >
> >         ftp://ftp.amsat.org/amsat/software/Linux/predict-2.1.0.tar.gz
> >
> > Further information on PREDICT software is available via the web at:
> >
> >         http://www.linuxfan.com/~predict
> >
> > (This page will be updated over the weekend.)
> >
> > An article describing the development and use of PREDICT will be
available
> > in the July (Science and Engineering) issue of "Linux Journal" magazine.
> >
> > Happy Tracking!
> >
> > 73, de John, KD2BD
> >
> > --
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