PLEASE NOTE: This version has reached "end of life" and no further updates will be made. There is a new version - "Satellite Tracker Plus3" - that runs on both the iPhone and iPad as well as providing additional functionality.
This version can be used to provide an insight into the basic functionality of that program but is limited to running as an iPhone oriented application.
Track satellites as they pass over your location. This application allows you to select any number of satellites and will show the track through the sky of the next pass(es) of each over your location. Frequency information can be added so you know how to tune into the signals. The satellite information is downloaded via the internet, and the iPhone GPS can be used to automatically track your location. Options allow the display of the sun and moon locations and the angle of the iPhone/iPod Touch to indicate to guide where to point your antenna. This application is primarily intended for those who use the Amateur Radio satellites but weather and other satellites can also be tracked.
- new TLE storage files (NB: the program will request to update the TLE files after upgrade to set up the new TLE storage)
- the new TLE storage overcomes problems picking up new and deleted satellites
- several minor calculation problems
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Interface could be more user friendly
I like the level of detail provided for the satellite location and trajectory, however the user interface is not laid out very well- certainly not intuitive. It often leaves you guessing where to go next. More revisions are needed to make this app better.
Works well for finding satellites in the sky
This is a great free app for tracking satellites. I have had absolutely no trouble with it. It is accurate and easy to use. I used it this morning to find and watch the International Space Station travel overhead. The app tells you exactly when and where it will appear on a simple sky map.
It is able to download the two-line element set files from the Internet, so it's always up to date.
There are other satellite trackers, especially for following NASA missions and the ISS in particular, but this one is my favorite. ISS Lite is good for getting a feel for where the satellite is currently located (great graphics), and the NASA App has lots of other info about the missions, but this app is the best at helping you find a satellite in the sky.
NO SUPPORT - Crashes On Launch
Initially appeared to worked fine and seemed to have a nice feature set.
When editing the order of selected satellites, it kept crashing. FInally, it got itself into a state where it crashes on launch every time. Rebooting the phone doesn't help. Apparently the app has corrupted its data file and crashes on subsequent launch attempts. Even if deleting the app and reinstalling would work, it likely will require manual re-entry of all frequencies and data - a major pain.
Developer's web site has NO contact information. Considering date of last update of this program, it appears that it, and its paid version with the same "support" web site, are no longer supported. Given this, no sale for the paid version and minimum review stars for this free version.
If support becomes available, I am very interested in the paid version since the free app seemed to be very nice, as mentioned at the beginning of this review. Otherwise, no go.
The developer, MacCon, has not provided details about its privacy practices and handling of data to Apple.
No Details Provided
The developer will be required to provide privacy details when they submit their next app update.
- Susan Mackay
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- Requires iOS 3.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 3.0 or later.
- Requires macOS 11 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip.
- Age Rating
- © 2009 Susan Mackay
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.