archiv~1: Re: SETI log, identify, and track LEO signal sources?

Re: SETI log, identify, and track LEO signal sources?

Brian Wong ( logis@logis.com )
Sat, 21 Nov 1998 14:06:58 -0800 (PST)

On Sat, 21 Nov 1998, Wayne Shanks wrote:

> Has there been any thought about compiling a data base of the LEO
> satellites, time and rough position of the hit? Perhaps, piecing
> together the orbital elements. This could be another way of quickly
> eliminating the possible hit. It may also be interesting on it's own.
>
> Or is this some what frowned upon?
> Does Seti League have any policy on this?
>
> Wayne S

I think a database of LEO and Geo-sync sats correlated with possible hits
is a good idea also. There are existing satellite databases available on
the net. You can get the satellites over your area by just entering your
latitude, longitude, and time. Just correlate their position at time of
passage with your hit candidate. I can't speak for the league, but with
such resources available on the web the SL would probably not wish to get
into the business of tracking sats. But you can easily do this yourself.

For the major satellites go here:
http://liftoff.msfc.nasa.gov/RealTime/JPass/
http://www.gsoc.dlr.de/satvis/

For recon, geo-sync, and smaller sats, you'll have to use a sat tracking
program you can get here: (I believe most of the data ulitmately comes
from US Space Command so the data is reasonably accurate.)
http://www2.satellite.eu.org/sat/vsohp/satintro.html

Regards,
Brian Wong
bw@logis.com