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Global Cloudmap Distribution Service Disruption

[Last available cloudmap from 2015-12-04] In case you're one of those people using xfce-planet or otherwise depend on our global cloudmap service (introduced here), you'll probably already have noticed that the image wasn't updated for 6 days now. The service itself is running on our side, but it seems as if MTSAT (covering 145E) doesn't send any more images since 2015-12-04. We'll try to get some more information about the outage to provide fresh, free and silky-smooth cloudmaps for everyone a…

Open and fresh global cloudmaps for the planet

Back in the early 90's, when I first tried GNU/Linux, there weren't many things I could really do with my X session, due to lack of knowledge, skill, confidence and available open-source software. However, I did play with xearth, a program that renders a somewhat accurate image of our planet. A couple of years later it was replaced by xplanet which offered a lot more features and eye-candy options.

SpaceX Starlink Constellation Video

Latest Visualization of SpaceX Starlink Orbit Conestellation. Please enjoy. spacex starlink skytrain satellite xplanet xfce-planet

SpaceX Starlink Constellation Video

Following the latest SpaceX Starlink Mission launch of Group 7 of the Starlink constellation, here's a new visualization, this time as a video. It should be noted that this is not some “artist rendering” but showing the real orbital movement of 2020-04-24 beginning at about 1830 UTC with 12x speed, including the new, still tightly packed Group 7 “Skytrain”:

SpaceX Starlink Skytrain Prediction

After a long time, xfce-planet received some overhaul. ISS station mapping was fixed and SpaceX's Starlink Constellation was added right after the last launch of another 60 new satellites: [SpaceX Starlink Skytrain in xfce-planet] If SpaceX will be as successful with Starlink as they have shown themselves to be with introducing a new era of spaceflight and rocket engineering (Falcon Series) in general, Starlink may become a great low latency internet solution for many people in rural and other…

SpaceX Starlink V1 L7 Launch & Orbit Video

Here is the latest Video of the SpaceX Starlink documentation series: Starlink V1 L7 launch (2020-06-04) highlights and the new Orbit Constellation Visualization as of 2020-06-07. This batch includes another special type of Starlink satellite, marked with the additional designator VISORSAT. Please enjoy and share if you like it.

SpaceX Starlink V1 L8 Orbit Visualization

Here is the latest Video of the SpaceX Starlink documentation series: Starlink V1 L8 was launched on 2020-06-13 and this is the new Orbit Constellation Visualization as of 2020-06-14. Please enjoy and share if you like it. spacex starlink skytrain satellite xplanet xfce-planet