message from space track regarding bulk tle file

From: Kevin Fetter (
Date: Fri Aug 24 2012 - 00:54:05 UTC

  • Next message: Brad Young: "BY C 082412"

    I received this a few minutes ago
    The development team is redesigning the website to improve its data sharing methods.  We intend to stop producing bulk files (.zip and .txt) and want customers to use our RESTful Application Programming Interface (API) to download only the new data since your last visit.  Although this API will enhance data sharing, those who download bulk files from will need to change their retrieval methodology to keep receiving data.
    The development team has set up a beta website where you, the data consumer, can test your data collection techniques on live data through the new RESTful API.  TLE, SATCAT, and CSM data is available through customizable URLs in formats including JSON, XML, and CSV.  Please follow the API instructions and samples at to test your new data gathering techniques.  Your current space-track account credentials will work with the beta site.
    We anticipate that we will stop producing bulk files in October, but this schedule is subject to change.  Please begin testing now so we can identify potential issues early. If you have feedback on the beta website or how we can improve operations, please DO NOT REPLY TO THIS ADDRESS.  Please email instead.
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