We developed an app that lets you follow the ISS's real time position on a map. Furthermore, you can take pictures of it and share it either on Twitter or on our server (developed for this purpose). This server also sends push notifications to users so they know when to start their app and view the ISS. We also included an augmented reality camera that lets the user find the space station via a compass. It also overlays information about the upcoming ISS viewing (date, time and duration).

This project is solving the Spot the Station challenge.


We are working on an Android app to allow users to track the location of the Space Station using their mobile phone and share their photos of the Space Station with other users around the world via our server and Twitter. Users can add a comment along with the photo to let others know whether they could spot the station at their location. Images are displayed over Google Maps based on location using a marker for each image. The user can click on a marker to view other users' sightings. We also use Augmented Reality overlayed on the camera of the app to provide the user with useful information to spot the ISS. For example, the user is assisted by a compass so he/she knows which direction to face, the total time of the pass and the elevation of the current pass.

Project Information

License: Apache License, Version 2.0
Source Code/Project URL: https://github.com/SpotTheStationAUT


Twitter Page for Collaboration - https://twitter.com/SpotStationAUT
Judging Day at our Local Event - http://www.kiwispace.org.nz/display/~mark.mackay/2013/04/23/Space+Apps+Challenge+-+Team+Spot+the+Station+AUT
Our Presentation - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8ePMlaR5ao&feature=player_embedded
Judges Feedback - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-FTzIhdBwo&feature=player_embedded#!
Article About the Challenge on Our University Website - http://www.aut.ac.nz/news/aut-news/2013/april/aut-space-station-app-wins-nasa-challenge