Feature Guide

The Satellite Tracking features and guide are described on this page.

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Can I track the planned Es'hailSat 2 now before launch?

Yes, you can. We have loaded the application with the same Keplerian elements as EUTELSAT-25B, just search for "ES'HAILSAT 2" in the search field, or select it in the Satellite's amatuer or geosynchronous list. It has catalog # 99999.

Es'hailSat 2

When is the planned launch of Es'hailSat-2?

As of April 2017, reports from Es'hail Qatar are denoting 2018 with no specific quarter nor date.

What is the amatuer radio frequencies for Es'hailSat-2?

Narrowband Linear transponder:
 2400.050 - 2400.300 MHz Uplink
10489.550 - 10489.800 MHz Downlink

Wideband digital transponder:
 2401.500 - 2409.500 MHz Uplink
10491.000 - 10499.000 MHz Downlink

What are the equipment requirements for Es'hailSat-2?

X-Band 10 GHz Downlink:
– 89 cm dishes in rainy areas such as Brazil or Thailand
– 60 cm around coverage peak
– 75 cm dishes at peak -2dB
– NB: linear vertical polarization
– WB: linear horizontal polarization

S-Band 2.4 GHz NB-Uplink:
– narrow band modes like SSB, CW
– 5W nominal Uplink power (22.5 dBi antenna gain, 75cm dish)
– RHCP polarization

S-Band 2.4 GHz WB-Uplink (DATV):
– wide band modes, DVB-S2
– peak EIRP of 53 dBW (2.4m dish and 100W) required
– RHCP polarization

Can I track the Sun? Does the sun orbit the earth?

Yes, the application does show you the sun's location both in text form and on the map. We use a little trick emulating the sun does actually orbit the earth with a hand-crafted set of Keplerian elements.

See the Sun's Keplerian elements. »

Sun orbit.

Does the application do augmented reality?

Yes, the application does have augmented reality on Sky Locator page. Here you will be able to see where the satellite is located in the sky and find out if there are any potential blocking buildings or trees. Give it a try -- we would like feedback from our users on this page. Here is a pic from the emulator - we'll add some code to get a real pic.

Augmented reality.

More augmented reality.

Here is another pic while using the application a phone tracking Es'hailsat 2 pre-launch. We have some work to do with all text on the screen :-)

Augmented reality - Es'hailsat 2.

Are satellites in the atmosphere?

Yes, some satellites orbit in the outermost layer of the atmosphere called the exosphere. The exposphere layer starts at about 6,200 miles (10,000 km) above the earth which is the top of the thermosphere layer. Molecules and atoms can escape into space from this layer. The thermopause area is located around 375 miles (600 km) above the earth just at the bottom of the exosphere layer.

atmosphere layers

What is a satellite in space?

A satellite is an ojbect in space that orbits or circles around a bigger object. There are two kinds of satellites: artifical (man-made such as the International Space Station (ISS) or natural such as the moon orbiting the earth.

Where/what is the satellite?

A satellite is an object in space that orbits or circles around a bigger object. There are two kinds of satellites: artifical (man-made such as the International Space Station (ISS) or natural such as the moon orbiting the earth.

How many man-made satellites are in space?

There are over 1,500 active satellites from many countries, both government and privately sponsored. There are also well over 3000 in active satellites. Russia launched the first satellite in 1957 - this satellite was called Sputnik 1. The oldest one still orbiting was launched in 1958.

sputnik 1

Distance between to locations supported?

Yes, on the distance page, input the latitude and longitude. This is computed to maidenhead grid square and distance. This feature can help you claim your new satellite dx record.

distance and grid

Convert grid to latitude and longitude?

Yes, on the distance page, input the grid square and the latitude and longitude will be calculated.

grid to lat lon

Can the map show the great circle route, maidenhead, and azimuth?

Yes, the map can show station #1's azimuth to station #2 and vice versa, plus the grid square in maindenhead coordinates. Distance is shown at mid-point.

map grid and distance