PocketSat3 Demo

PocketSat3 Demo


This is a demo version of PocketSat3. It has all the features of the paid version, but it does not save any data or preferences from one session to the next.


Have you ever looked up just after sunset or before sunrise and watched a steady light moving slowly across the night sky? It may well have been a man-made satellite, many of which are visible to the naked eye - if you know when and where to look.

PocketSat3 is a full-featured satellite tracking application for Android devices, and is designed to be usable by both experienced satellite trackers as well as novices who are just interested in knowing when they can look up in the sky and see satellites. It is the 3rd major revision in the PocketSat series from BigFatTail, which has set the standard for handheld satellite tracking since 1999.

PocketSat3 can display real-time plots of multiple satellites on both Earth maps and Sky charts. It also includes tools to predict when satellites will pass overhead and potentially be visible.

NOTE: PocketSat3 is a large and complex application. For more information you should visit:

http://www.pocketsat.com

and have a look at a more detailed description, read the full documentation, and perhaps visit the PocketSat user forum to ask any questions you might have.

Features of PocketSat3 include:
- Configurable to compute satellite visibility from any location on Earth. Can query the device for your current location.
- Orbital data can be downloaded directly from the Internet, even if it is in a zip file.
- Track and plot real-time positions of up to 1000 satellites simultaneously.
- Map view shows satellite position and orbit track on an Earth map.
- Sky view shows satellite position and path in the sky, as well as current brightness. The Sun, Moon, stars and constellations can also be plotted.
- Flexible application clock can be set to any date and time as well as clock rate, allowing "what happens when…" experiments. You can make time stand still or even go backwards if you wish. A single button press restores the clock to current system time.
- "Pass" mode allows pre-calculation of satellites that will pass over a particular location during a given time span, including filters for minimum altitude, brightness and whether or not a satellite is lit by the Sun and thus potentially visible.
- System alarms can be set to remind you when a pre-calculated pass is about to occur, even if PocketSat3 is not currently active.
- Does not require an Internet connection to operate, though you will periodically need one in order to download orbital data.
- Predicts Iridium flare events. Not just the really bright ones: ALL of them.
- Uses full "revised" SGP4 and SDP4 orbit propagation algorithms, allowing accurate tracking of any satellite.

Recent changes:
- Added SNTP time server client
- Added seconds to time set dialog
- Added "system clock correction" setting
- Improved font and graphic rendering, especially for hi-res devices.
- Fixed a couple of data import bugs.
- Fixed a bug that could cause a hang on pass calculation.
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About PocketSat3 Demo
This is a demo version of PocketSat3. It has all the features of the paid version, but it does not save any data or preferences from one session to the next.


Have you ever looked up just after sunset or before sunrise and watched a steady light moving slowly across the night sky? It may well have been a man-made satellite, many of which are visible to the naked eye - if you know when and where to look.

PocketSat3 is a full-featured satellite tracking application for Android devices, and is designed to be usable by both experienced satellite trackers as well as novices who are just interested in knowing when they can look up in the sky and see satellites. It is the 3rd major revision in the PocketSat series from BigFatTail, which has set the standard for handheld satellite tracking since 1999.

PocketSat3 can display real-time plots of multiple satellites on both Earth maps and Sky charts. It also includes tools to predict when satellites will pass overhead and potentially be visible.

NOTE: PocketSat3 is a large and complex application. For more information you should visit:

http://www.pocketsat.com

and have a look at a more detailed description, read the full documentation, and perhaps visit the PocketSat user forum to ask any questions you might have.

Features of PocketSat3 include:
- Configurable to compute satellite visibility from any location on Earth. Can query the device for your current location.
- Orbital data can be downloaded directly from the Internet, even if it is in a zip file.
- Track and plot real-time positions of up to 1000 satellites simultaneously.
- Map view shows satellite position and orbit track on an Earth map.
- Sky view shows satellite position and path in the sky, as well as current brightness. The Sun, Moon, stars and constellations can also be plotted.
- Flexible application clock can be set to any date and time as well as clock rate, allowing "what happens when…" experiments. You can make time stand still or even go backwards if you wish. A single button press restores the clock to current system time.
- "Pass" mode allows pre-calculation of satellites that will pass over a particular location during a given time span, including filters for minimum altitude, brightness and whether or not a satellite is lit by the Sun and thus potentially visible.
- System alarms can be set to remind you when a pre-calculated pass is about to occur, even if PocketSat3 is not currently active.
- Does not require an Internet connection to operate, though you will periodically need one in order to download orbital data.
- Predicts Iridium flare events. Not just the really bright ones: ALL of them.
- Uses full "revised" SGP4 and SDP4 orbit propagation algorithms, allowing accurate tracking of any satellite.

Recent changes:
- Added SNTP time server client
- Added seconds to time set dialog
- Added "system clock correction" setting
- Improved font and graphic rendering, especially for hi-res devices.
- Fixed a couple of data import bugs.
- Fixed a bug that could cause a hang on pass calculation.

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A Google User
Dec 20, 2013
PocketSat3 problems on Galaxy Note 3 The demo is crashing and the buttons are not aligned. Would buy this app even thought the cost is high, but not if the demo is not working properly... Please fix it!!
A Google User
Nov 26, 2013
Galaxy Note 3 Buttons and text input field misaligned and display text is very small on Galaxy Note 3
A Google User
Nov 12, 2013
Nobody home I've tried three times to contact Jim, but I cant seem to get a reply on the half price offer for prior users of pocketsat. Doesn't instill much confidence in being to reach someone if I have problems with the app.
A Google User
Sep 11, 2013
Pedro Sust Trabaja muy mal en mi Galaxy S3. Cuando tuve un Iphone 3G funcionó muy bien. Por favor arreglarlo para Android.
A Google User
Apr 29, 2013
Incredibly slow, note2 4.1.2 Interface is so slow that it makes this demo worthless.