Classic 1.00 Features
Features carried forward from the original InstantTrack version 1.00 include:
- Instant visibility. Shows the position of your favorite
satellites before your first key stroke.
- Real-Time displays. Includes azimuth, elevation, range,
Doppler shift, path loss, squint angle, sub-satellite
position (in latitude/longitude, grid square, and nearest
city), Cartesian coordinates of observer and satellite,
satellite rise/set time, satellite mode, Right Ascension,
Declination, sky temperature, and more.
- Full color high resolution maps of the Earth, showing
satellite and observer's position, two kinds of satellite
footprint, gray-line, etc. User can also select either a
diagram of the satellite's orbit showing its orientation,
or a map of the sky, showing the satellite's position
against a star field. Check out these screen images of
the cylindrical map, the orthographic map, the star field map, and the plan view diagram. (These EGA
screen images will probably have a distorted aspect ratio
on your display.)
- Automated Keplerian element update using AMSAT and NASA
format text files.
- You can be shown schedules such as the next three weeks
for a satellite or one day for 20 satellites on one
- A unique background mode allows you to track satellites
and control antenna rotors in real-time while you run
- Tracks the Sun and Moon as well as the satellites in the
- Automated time setting of your computer by accessing the
NIST (formerly NBS) time service via your modem.
- Supports a database of 200 satellites and 50 observer
- Includes a database of 1754 cities worldwide.
- Observing stations can be specified by entering as little
as their city name or their grid square.
- Shows when satellites can see each other and when they
are in eclipse in real-time.
- Squint (off pointing) angle shown to indicate how far off
from you the satellite's antennas are pointed.
- Path loss between observers and the satellite is
- Computes the time at which a satellite will rise without
the delay of stepping through small time increments
between now and then.
- Can display the tracking parameters for both your
perspective and that of another station, perhaps the one
you are working.
- Extensive and tutorial documentation is included with the
- Online help can be obtained from almost any screen.
Last updated 17 August 2000. Comments to firstname.lastname@example.org