By: Shawn Gano
JSatTrak is a Satellite tracking program written in Java. It allows you to predict the position of any satellite in real time or in the past or future. It uses advanced SGP4/SDP4 algorithms developed by NASA/NORAD or customizable high precision solvers to propagate satellite orbits. The program also allows for easy updating of current satellite tracking data via CelesTrak.com. Because this application was written in Java, it should run on almost any operating system or directly off the web using java web start!
Questions or comments? Check out the discussion forum.
To help get you started: (new v4.1.5 demo files) some older demo screenshots and saved files.
New Features in Version 4.0/4.1 (Screen shot on Left)
- ECI plane grid visualization (3D) (v4.1)
- Custom Satellite node to load ephemeris from a file (v4.1)
- Many bug fixes (v4.0/4.1)
- Increased accuracy in coordinate system transformations (v4.0)
- New SGP4 Propagator based on the Center for Space Standards & Innovation (CSSI) version [ref: Vallado 2008] (v4.0)
- 3D sun shading effects (World Wind) (v4.0)
- More 3D view options
- Coordinate system selection for the satellite information dialog (J2000, TEME, MOD, TOD) (v4.0)
- Relicenced under LGPL v3 (v4.0)
- Saved files use zip compression resulting in significantly smaller file sizes (v4.0)
- NOTE: File format has changed, this version will not open the saved scenarios from older versions.
Requires Java 1.6 - and uses NASA's World Wind Java SDK (included) and JOGL for 3D rendering (included for win).
- Real-time and non-real time tracking modes
- Orbital elements for over 3,000 satellites which are easily updated
- Ground stations: 800+ built in and the ability to create custom locations
- Tracking tool - includes tracking angles, polar plotting, and pass predictions (visible and radar) with elevation constraints
- 2D ground track display
- 3D globe with streamable high resolution imagery via NASA's World Wind SDK
- Capture 3D animations
- Custom Satellites using a mission designer interface with solver loops to allow for modeling of maneuvers
- Custom high precision propagation - 4th, 8th, and adaptive 7-8th order Runge-Kutta methods
- XML saving/loading of scenarios
- Command console using BeanShell
- Plugin capabilities using bean shell scripts
- Remote command server (and client) for sending commands to the application remotely over a TCP/IP connection
- Earth Coverage Analysis (screenshot, movie) (v3.2)
- Create movies of any window or entire app (v3.2)
- 3D model loader and new model centered view mode (ISS example) (v3.5)
- Full screen exclusive mode for 3D windows (v3.5)
- Nimbus look and feel support (screenshot) for java 1.6 update 10 or greater (v3.5)
- More 2D map images and ability to load customized maps (v3.5)
- Added 2D Earth lights night image effect (v3.5)
- Run script without displaying GUI (v3.6)
- TLE data importing and user defined datasets (see the readme in data/tle_user) (v3.7)
Note: the executable download contains the JOGL binaries for 64-bit windows and for Mac OSX, if you are using a different platform please download the corresponding JOGL binaries and place them in the main folder (mac JOGL binaries).
Note: For mac / OSX (Mavericks,Yosemite) to get the 3D view to work you must use Apple's version of Java (which gets uninstalled after upgrading the OS). After installing that just use the included launcher (JSatTrak_Mac.app) to run JSatTrak.
For windows just download the above file, unzip, and run the .exe. To run the executable jar on any other OS download and install JOGL for your OS and run the jar with the following command line options: java -Djava.library.path="/path/to/jogl/Libraries/" -jar JSatTrak.jar
- Version 4.1 (10 July 2009): Web Start, Windows Exe/Any OS Executable jar
- Version 4.0 (21 June 2009): Web Start, Windows Exe/Any OS Executable jar
- Version 3.7.6 (24 Mar 2009): Web Start, Windows Exe/Any OS Executable jar
- Version 3.6.2 (11 Jan 2009): Web Start, Windows Exe/Any OS Executable jar
- Version 3.5.0 (7 August 2008): Web Start, Windows Exe/Executable jar
- Version 3.2.0 (9 May 2008): Web Start, Windows Exe, Executable jar
- Version 3.1.0 (22 Mar 2008): Web Start, Windows Exe, Executable jar
- Version 3.0.2 (13 Feb 2008): Web Start, Windows Exe, Executable jar
- Version 2.0: Web Start, Windows Exe, Executable jar (any OS - needs Jogl)
- Version 1.1: Web Start, Windows Exe, Executable jar (any OS)
Open Source Code:
Apache License v2.0: JSatTrak Version 4.1.4 and up are now maintained on GitHub: https://github.com/sgano/JSatTrak (started 27 Feb 2013)
JSatTrack-3.7.6-src.zip, JSatTrack-3.5.0-src.zip, JSatTrack-3.2.0-src.zip, JSatTrack-3.1.1-src.zip
(Created using the NetBeans IDE)
(old version 4.1.3 and lower) Get the latest source from SourceForge using a Subversion client.
If you like this program or have questions drop me a line: