3D Satellite Simulator

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3D Satellite Simulator
  • 3D Satellite Simulator #1
  • 3D Satellite Simulator #2
  • 3D Satellite Simulator #3
  • 3D Satellite Simulator #4
  • 3D Satellite Simulator #5

Technologies

Flash, ActionScript, Sandy 3D

Status

Experimental, Archived (permission renewal required to continue data sharing)

Roles

Developer

Additional Credits

Data provided by Space-Track. Basic orbital mechanics courtesy of AMSAT-UK (note: original math links no longer active). Math converted into something usable in Flash with much help from various math experts. Special thanks to Sandy 3D team for making a pixel class for showing 3D positions.

Purpose

Simple questions, "How many satellites are orbiting Earth?" and, "How far up are they?" sparked a fun adventure and a major interest boost in space activities.

Highlighted Features

Near-live simulation showcasing where 11,000+ unclassified pieces of stuff (satellites, space junk) are located around Earth.

"Man must rise above the Earth—to the top of the atmosphere and beyond—for only thus will he fully understand the world in which he lives."
--Socrates