We have a wealth of astronomical satellites from various organisations circling around the Earth staring at numerous astronomical targets. But on a given time, where do they exactly look at? Each satellite project has its own devoted time schedule retrievable from the web, giving information about observations done in the past, observations foreseen in the near-future (i.e., short-term), and observations foreseen in the far future (i.e., long-term). All have different ways and styles to retrieve and display the schedules. This makes it extremely cumbersome to see what a satellite is observing or did observe at a given time or will observe in the future; comparing schedules from different satellites are even harder.
Combine the past and future time schedules of satellites into a common calendar and make the information easily accessible. This can be done as an app or a website.
- A first set-up of the project was done (mySpaceCal.com), but it is not satisfactory yet. Clearly, a different touch is needed: things need to be improved or changed, and speeded up. Are there alternative ways to retrieve and display the data? We encourage creative enthusiasts to develop more ideas for mySpaceCal, such as making it also accessible for smartphones through a web-based or stand-alone App.
- First focus on satellites observing in a common wavelength, e.g., X-rays, investigating exotic objects in the sky such as black holes: Chandra, INTEGRAL, NuSTAR, RXTE, Suzaku, Swift, and XMM-Newton. What are the targets of the day, of the week, of the month? The next step is to extend the calendar with other satellites, observing gamma-rays (AGILE, Fermi), and other wavelengths (Herschel, Hubble Space Telescope, Spitzer).
- The various time schedules should be made accessible in an easy-to-use, simple format. For example, the timelines should reflect what the targets of a satellite is on a given day, week or month. Start and end times of the observations should be taken into account. More detailed information about the target (e.g., satellite, target, sky coordinates, start and end time, instrument info) should be available to users who would like to obtain it.
- The tool should be developed such that it is easy to add new or other observatories. Also, one should be able to select the observatories one wishes to see the schedules of. The modules for the different observatories should also be flexible enough to allow to revise the URL of the observing schedules, and to capture possible changes in the format of the time schedules.
1. Past schedule can be retrieved from: http://xmm2.esac.esa.int/external/xmm_sched/sched_obs_srch_frame.shtml (input a revolution)
2. Upcoming short-term schedules: http://xmm2.esac.esa.int/external/xmm_sched/short_term_schedule.php
3. Long-term plan: http://xmm.esac.esa.int/external/xmm_sched/advance_plan.shtml#adv_plan
HST (NASA/ESA) Upcominghttp://www.stsci.edu/~inr/thisweek1/thisweekonhst.html
Upcoming short-term schedule for HST.
Past schedules can be retrieved from: http://www.swift.psu.edu/operations/obsSchedule.php + selecting AFST (As-Flown Science Timeline)
Upcoming short-term schedules: http://www.swift.psu.edu/operations/obsSchedule.php + selecting PPST (Pre-Planned Science Timeline)
Past schedules. Upcoming short-term schedule can be found here: http://www.stsci.edu/~inr/thisweek1/thisweekonhst.html.
Past schedules: http://www.srl.caltech.edu/NuSTAR_Public/NuSTAROperationSite/AFT_Public.php
Upcoming short-term schedule: http://www.srl.caltech.edu/NuSTAR_Public/NuSTAROperationSite/Download.php?file=sr-schedule.txt
Long-term plan: http://www.srl.caltech.edu/NuSTAR_Public/NuSTAROperationSite/Download.php?file=lr-schedule.txt
1. Past and upcoming short-term observing schedules can be retrieved from: http://integral.esac.esa.int/isocweb/schedule.html?action=intro
2. Long-term plan: http://integral.esac.esa.int/isoc/html/schedules/AO10_Long_Term_Plan.html (note that the name of the file is time dependent!)
1. Past schedules can be retrieved from: http://cxc.harvard.edu/target_lists/stscheds/oldscheds.html
/>2. Upcoming short-term schedules: http://cxc.harvard.edu/target_lists/stscheds/index.html
3. Long-term plan: http://cxc.harvard.edu/target_lists/longsched.html
1. Past schedule: http://darts.isas.jaxa.jp/astro/tables/SUZAKU_LOG.html
2. Upcoming short-term schedules: http://www.astro.isas.ac.jp/suzaku/schedule/shortterm/
3. Long-term plan: http://www.astro.isas.ac.jp/suzaku/schedule/preliminary/ and http://www.astro.isas.ac.jp/suzaku/schedule/longterm/ao7_4.html (note that the name of the file is time dependent!)
Note: not operational any more
1. Past schedule can be retrieved from: http://heasarc.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/xte/SOF/Schedules/index.php
1. Past schedule: http://herschel.esac.esa.int/logrepgen/observationlist.do
2. Upcoming short-term schedules: http://herschel.esac.esa.int/observing/ScheduleReport.html
1. Past schedules can be retrieved from: http://irsa.ipac.caltech.edu/data/SPITZER/docs/spitzermission/observingprograms/observinglogs/ and http://ssc.spitzer.caltech.edu/warmmission/scheduling/observinglogs/
2. Upcoming short-term schedules can be retrieved from: http://ssc.spitzer.caltech.edu/warmmission/scheduling/observinglogs/
1. Past and upcoming schedules: http://fermi.gsfc.nasa.gov/ssc/observations/timeline/posting
2. Check it against http://fermi.gsfc.nasa.gov/ssc/observations/timeline/reconciliation
Source Code for MySpaceCalhttp://data.spaceappschallenge.org/mySpaceCal.tar.gz
The source code for the current version of MySpaceCal
The following projects are solving this challenge:
We are working on the My Space CAL. Our goals were to improve the existing MySpaceCal. A new API to house the data will be created, as well as writing scripts to import the existing data. It provides and external API so we can hook in more graphical interfaces. Our front end interface i... Visit Project
Project My Space Cal GT
Make all the improvements we can to the My Space Calendar Website. Visit Project
Create a visual timeline with annotations for significant events taking place. Visit Project
A gantt chart style visualisation of space-based telescope observations. Ideal for comparing schedules for multiple telescopes. ![Screenshot](http://www.jooldesign.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/screenshot.jpg) Visit Project
CSU Robotics Sat Cal
CSU Robotics solution to the My Space Cal challenge. Visit Project
The project aims to improve on My Space Cal website and make it more accessible and user friendly. Retrieval and visualization of data would be the crucial part of the project. Visit Project
My Space Cal API
mySpaceCal is a project that seeks to provide information about satellites to the general public in a way that's easy to understand and comprehend. At mySpaceCal, we schedule various satellite's targets throughout the year. We seek to make such knowledge easily accessible. Visit Project
CartoDB, JSON, and Flask powered calendar goodness. Visit Project
A mobile app that provides an easier, user-friendly calendar regrouping the schedule of several satellites. The aim is to make it accessible to casual amateur astronomers by adding a profile page for each satellite, target object, and organization. Visit Project
We are trying to bring all the satellite information such as 1. Onto which target the satellite is pointing to 2. Time 3. satellite descriptions and minor information. Visit Project
Working on data visualization for the current myspacecal. Visit Project
Space Cal NYC
A full featured replacement for [myspacecal.com](http://myspacecal.com) with better visualization of data and easier data export for scientists. Check out our [Website](http://spacecalnyc.com/) at [http://spacecalnyc.com/]((http://spacecalnyc.com/)) Follow us on [Twitter](https://twitter.com/... Visit Project
Space Cal App
## The concept We believe it is important to begin an effort to create a single hub that can unify the NASA, ESA, JAXA and ASI's datasets. We believe that the creation of a mobile app, always available, make scientists' life a little easier. Our goal is to collect all satellites' informati... Visit Project