Satellite Tracking Software
Bird Dog

Name: Bird Dog

Version: 2.0 (April 1992)

Author: Thomas C. Leadholm, Environmental Research Institute of Michigan (ERIM)

E-Mail: Unknown

Purpose: Bird Dog is a satellite tracking program written by Thomas C. Leadholm, formerly of the Environmental Research Institute of Michigan (ERIM). It is intended for use by participants of the Space Technology Education Program (STEP) in both the teaching of basic orbital mechanics of weather satellites and to supplement a Direct Readout Station. Bird-Dog is capable of predicting satellite passes and displaying satellite acquisition windows for your location. It shows the position of the satellite being monitored on either a flat world map or a spherical 3-dimensional plot of the earth. These maps show coast-lines, islands, rivers, state and country boundaries, and assist in discerning land features during real time acquisition of weather images.


Operating Systems: Designed for MS-DOS. Will run full screen under Windows 3.x and Windows 95.

URL: Can be found at:

Sample Screens

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Current GPS
Archives EOP
Documentation Space Weather
SATCAT Columns
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