A quick update on the Google Earth browser plugin based tracker displaying the debris from the collision between the Iridium 33 and Cosmos 2251 satellites on February 10th.
I mentioned the possibility that the number of fragments tracked in the Norad orbtial elements might increase. Well they have. Threefold over the past week, from 134 up to 406.
Remarkably the application still smoothly animates all objects in real time, even on my single core PC, but inevitiably it sucks up more processing power. You may find it now lags on an old machine or slower browser. If the number increases further I may have to either cap the number displayed or ditch the smooth animation.
Anyway, click on the image above to see it in action.
Related: Here’s a neat simulation from Analytical Graphics which includes a statistical break-up model of the satellites immediately after impact.
Google Earth Blog reports a stack of new high resolution imagery in Google Earth today (Feb 28th 2009) USA, France, Scotland, Africa, Iceland, Mongolia + many other places. Check out Frank’s post for up to date details.
Typically there’s a delay of a few days between this appearing in Google Earth and Google Maps, which means for a short while the Google Maps vs Earth plug-in side by side code example I mashed-up last year does something useful! It allows you to instantly compare the before and after.
A doddle to use this:
Switch to satellite view in the left map panel.
Type in a place name or address to fly instantly to that location in both maps.
Following on from my visualization of the satellite collision over Siberia on February 10th involving Iridium 33 and Cosmos 2251, here’s an Google Earth browser plugin based tracker for the debris from the crash.
The application loads up to date Norad orbital elements on start up, and propogates the orbits of all 134 fragments smoothly in real time.
I’m guessing the number of objects could increase over time as more wreckage is discovered. If that’s the case, just have to see how well it scales.
Google has just announced, the Google Earth browser plugin is now officially supported by Google Chrome 1.0+. That means no more annoying ‘unsupported browser’ message for Chrome users. If you already have the plugin installed, you won’t need to download anything extra – should work automatically.
Because you can never have too many ways to see the same thing. This is a browser based version of my satellite visualization from ealier today. Showing the February 10th coming together of US and Russian communication satellites, Iridium 33 and Cosmos 2251 over Siberia
Same idea as before, plots the locations of the two objects in the minutes leading up to the collision, but this one runs inside the Google Earth Plugin.