Reviews

"Thank you for great products ... Satellite Safari is one of the best Satellite observation programs I've experienced. Using the Satellite view with cities turned on, I can predict which areas I can communicate with via the ham satellites."

-Roy Dugger, December 2013

"I regard [Satellite Safari] as authoritative ... Amateur astronomers, wanting to get a photo of the ISS, could use it to plan the pass. Government and military people could use it for all kinds of planning operations. And teachers, students and even casual users just wanting to learn more about particular satellites could learn a lot ... It would be hard to ask for anything more."

- John Martellaro, The Mac Observer, May 2013

"My tests of the app were positive. No crashes, no surprises... Satellite Safari not only does good math, but displays its graphics in a compelling way... A very cool app, which will only become more useful this fall when the SkyCube features ramp up."

- Mel Martin, TUAW, March 2013

"At 7:00 last night, I used Satellite Safari 'play a movie' of the satellites that would be visible during the upcoming couple hours. It showed a favorably placed crossing of two naked-eye satellites. Here is an animated GIF of six 5-second exposures of intersecting pieces of space junk.The brighter one is an Atlas Centaur 2 launch vehicle that went into orbit in 1963. The fainter object is a Soviet Soyuz rocket body that launched one of their many Cosmos satellites in 1970. Close approach was over 40 miles, so no spectacular impact this time. It would have taken significant effort to predict this event without the using Satellite Safari. The app continues to amaze me."

- Tom Polakis, May 2013

"Well, they did it again. There are a lot of great and helpful astro apps out there but what keeps coming from Southern Stars are apps of another dimension. This app has in-depth research; it is amazingly user friendly; it raises the developer's high bar even higher; and it is awesomely gorgeous on the iPad. How many more high level apps can these amazing people make for us? They just keep surprising and delighting us."

- Terry Sandbek, March 2013



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Satellite Safari

Satellite Safari is your tour guide to the universe of satellites that humanity has launched into orbit around our home planet.

You can use Satellite Safari to learn more about the International Space Station and many hundreds of other satellites already in orbit. Satellite Safari will tell you where to find them in the sky, when they'll pass overhead, and where they are orbiting over Earth right now.

Satellite Safari can show you the spacecraft that will pass over your location at any given time. You can even get a "bird's eye view" from a satellite itself, and see the Earth from orbit exactly as the satellite sees it!

Satellite Safari updates its satellite orbit data from celestrak.com automatically every day. All satellites include facts and figures computed for your precise GPS location, and updated every second. Many satellites also include descriptions that give you the mission's history, purpose, and more.

Satellite Safari's simple user interface and super high accuracy make it an invaluable tool for exploring the spacecraft in orbit around our home planet. Please feel free to contact us by email to info@southernstars.com if you have further questions. We hope you enjoy using Satellite Safari!

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Price and Availability

Satellite Safari for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch is available today on the iTunes Store, at a price of USD $2.99. The app is universal for both iPhone and iPad, and requires iOS 7 or later.

Satellite Safari for Android is now available on Google Play, at a price of USD $4.99. It runs on Android phones and tablets, and requires Android version 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or later.

Satellite Safari & SkyCube

Satellite Safari is the official app of the SkyCube mission. The SkyCube satellite launched to the International Space Station on 9 January 2014, and deployined from the ISS into its own orbit on 28 February 2014.

When SkyCube becomes operational, you'll be able to request your own images of the Earth, and broadcast your own radio messages from orbit as "tweets from space", using this Satellite Safari app on your mobile device. You can track SkyCube right now in Satellite Safari as NORAD object 39567.

For more information on the SkyCube project, go to www.skycube.org.

Screen Shots

The screen shots below illustrate a few of Satellite Safari's features and user interface. Also see the Feature Gallery page for screenshots of Satellite Safari running on tablets.

Orbit view shows where any satellite is orbiting
over the Earth, using a 3D model of the globe.

Sky view shows the satellites that are visible
in the sky from your location on the Earth's surface.

Satellite view shows a "Bird's Eye view" of the Earth from orbit, exactly as the satellite sees it.

Ground view shows a "mission control" view of your satellite's orbit using a 2D map of the world.