ISS Real-Time Tracker
By Michael Stebel
This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.
See what 5 miles/sec (8 km/s) looks like in real time!
Track the International Space Station in real-time on an interactive map of Earth. Get viewing pass predictions, plus current crew data and bios. Watch spectacular high-definition video of Earth streamed live from the Space Station. View and save Landsat 8 images of the ground below the Station's current position. ISS Real-Time Tracker is the only app that gives you all this!
• Tracks current position of the ISS in real time on an interactive map of Earth.
• Info overlay shows current ISS position in degrees, minutes, & seconds along with its altitude and velocity.
• Zoom control (map scaling) allows you to zoom in/out in each of 4 ranges from fine to large.
• Tracking update interval (from 1-6 secs) is automatically set for you, based on map scale.
• Choose from standard, satellite, or hybrid map views.
• Get NASA Landsat 8 imagery of current map location (where available) and save images to your photo library.
• Live HD video streaming from the High Definition Earth Viewing (HDEV) experiment on the ISS.
• Predicts approximate dates and times when the ISS may be visible from your current location and the duration of each pass.
• Select how many overhead pass predictions to compute, either 5/10/15/25/50.
• Tap any overhead pass to create an event in your calendar.
• Lists current ISS crew members with their key data and bios.
• Choose from 3 position marker styles.
• Pause/restart location tracking.
• Info overlay boxes can be turned on/off in settings.
• Copy button, next to info box, allows you to copy Space Station's current coordinates, altitude, velocity, and time stamp to your pasteboard and paste them in another app.
• All user settings and zoom slider position are automatically saved when app closes and are restored when it opens.
• Full support for iOS multitasking.
• Supports picture-in-picture on iPads.
What's New in Version 4.9.3
Don’t go by negative reviews
This is a well made and useful app, a few quirks with the UI, but if you want to track the ISS, see what it is seeing, and plan future viewings.
There are issues with map positioning especially if I drag my finger around to move the map underneath the station. I recommend this is disabled and always keep the ISS centered in the display, zoom in/out is ok. Also, plot the ISS path to show on map where it is/will be tracking over.
Fun - refinements possible.
This is a fun app; a few things that might be improved. For example, allow control over the track pass "accuracy" e.g. 10° above horizon versus 80° above horizon.
Another suggestion would be to have the Zoom scale stay stable while the location updates; currently the zoom resets with every update of location. Or make that a Settings option (auto-reset of zoomed view).
Very interesting, fun, app, for a very senior shut-in.
I am a disabled 86-yr old whose practical “universe” is circumscribed by the walls of my rather small home. Being a life-long space buff, “orbiting” the Earth, via the ISS, gives me hours of amusement and intellectual stimulation both of which are essential for me. The narrow minds apparently reflected by some of the site’s negative reviews are to be pitied.
- Category: Reference
- Updated: Oct 10, 2017
- Version: 4.9.3
- Size: 35.0 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Michael Stebel
- © 2016-2017 Michael Stebel. All Rights Reserved
Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.