Orbital Tracking Information
How does the live data from the International Space Station get into my Web browser?
Computers at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas,receive International Space Station telemetry data via satellite downlink, process the data and make it available through the Information Sharing Protocol (ISP). The Advanced International Space Station Tracking Monitor uses ISPresso, a Java version of the ISP client library which allows Java-enabled browsers to tap directly into ISP telemetry streams. Using ISPresso, your browser will receive the ISP data directly from the ISP stream delivered to the Human Space Flight Web server from the Mission Control Center.
What information can I get from the tracking monitor?
Note: The Orbital Tracking Application also provides location data on the space shuttle during missions.
Note: There may be times when our connection to the data from the Mission Control Center is temporarily lost, and we are unable to display the location of one or more of the vehicles. This loss of connection is usually infrequent and short-lived, so if this occurs, please wait a few minutes for the signal to be regained, and the vehicle(s) should show up on the display again.