ESA provides graphical spacecraft tracker

ESA provides graphical spacecraft tracker

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Paris, France, 30 April 2007: The European Space Agency has made available a new Internet tracking site, allowing people to graphically view the location of various spacecrafts. The “Track ESA Spacecraft” feature presents the ground tracks for the International Space Station, as well as the Hubble Space Telescope and various ESA satellites, including Envisat, Proba, GIOVE-A and ERS-2.

“Our tracker works as a gadget, a small slice of Java code combined with a traditional HTML-based web page and hosted on multiple servers,” ESA said. “The satellite location data is combined with map images provided by Google maps, plus formatting instructions, and automatically updated on the site.” The satellite locations will be updated every hour. The tracker is available at esa.int/SPECIALS/Track_ESA_missions/index.html.