We live in a society absolutely dependent on science and technology and yet have cleverly arranged things so that almost no one understands science and technology.
That’s a clear prescription for disaster.”

Carl Sagan

Relative Positions of Earth-Orbiting Satellites

Online Satellite Imagery and Information

The geostationary orbit is located at an altitude of 35,786 km (22,236 mi) above the Earth’s equator and rotates in sync with the Earth’s rotation.

  • The equation to calculate the radius of a geostationary orbit is: R = (GM/ω^2)^(1/3) Where:
  • R = radius of the geostationary orbit (km)
  • G = gravitational constant (6.673 x 10^-11 m^3 kg^-1 s^-2)
  • M = mass of the Earth (5.972 x 10^24 kg)
  • ω = angular velocity of the Earth (7.292 x 10^-5 radian/sec)

User Groups and Forums

Tools for finding satellite positions.

Open Source Software

Commercial Software

  • XRIT Decoder for GOES https://usa-satcom.com/ XRIT Decoder (HRIT from GOES on L-Band), XView, WX Sandwich Maker
  • GRB Play https://usa-satcom.com/ Processes NetCDF files for GOES GRB , does animations, Electron and X-Ray flux as well.
  • SUVI Play https://usa-satcom.com/ Displays and does animations with CSPP GEO images from GOES GRB
  • GRB Streamer and Imager– Bret Casebolt

GOES-16/17 ABI Info

Recommended Hardware Suppliers

Space Weather

History of GOES satellites

Graphic by NOAA
GOES-R Model, built from Paper!

Over on AXM PAPER SPACE SCALE MODELS BLOG they have a downloadable, printable model of the ATLAS V GOES-R EELV ROCKET and GOES-R PAPER MODEL. The Model of GOES-R is 1:35 scale, designed by Zach from Zach’s PaperSat Designs. The two pdf’s need are below: