Re: Space Track TLEs

From: Jonathan McDowell (jcm@head.cfa.harvard.edu)
Date: Fri Aug 24 2012 - 22:08:21 UTC

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    I agree with Greg. I think there's a further effect of the perennial desire
    of young programmers to rewrite ancient applications using modern approaches.
    In my communication with the beta team they did acknowledge, or at least claim,
    that 'first do no harm' was their charge. But their focus is on the major defense
    and corporate users who have their own programming staffs, and will be able to
    use this interface to do clever things. 
      They do seem to be charged with getting rid of the 'bulk data file downloads'.
    But I do encourage everyone who uses Space-Track to contact them with examples
    of how they use the current service and comment on the extent to which you can't
    see how to do it the new way. There are humans on the other end of the line and
    they will at least read your input, especially if it is technical and detailed.
    Whether it will cause changes is another matter.
    
      For what it's worth, I think it's technically possible to make things work with
    the new system (I've seen worse - not uncommon for such 'improvements' to be
    totally non-functional rather than just hard to use). Worst case, we pool our
    knowledge to write packaged scripts that will do what SeeSatters need. I can
    provide some expertise but I will need help with someone who knows how to do
    the Microsoft side of things given my Unix-style command lines.
    
     Ted, is this sufficiently on topic, or do we need a separate list?
    
       Jonathan
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