Ready for Rhea and Helene

The realtime simulation of the Cassini mission has been updated to show the upcoming close encounters with Rhea and Helene (March 2 & 3). Unfortunately, the solar system simulator does not have Helene in it so I cannot link in the usual simulated views.


Mission Tweets

The Voyager 2 realtime simulation now shows the mission tweets. Hope to expand that to more mission and other pages on the site.

EDIT: This feature is now also available for Herschel, Planck, Kepler, MSL (Curiosity), MESSENGER, Spirit, Opportunity, New Horizons and Cassini

Virgin Blue to fly to Cocos (Keeling) Islands and Christmas Island

The three weekly flights to Christmas Island are set for take-off on Thursday 1 April 2010 (no joke!) with services between Perth and Cocos Island commencing shortly after on Saturday 3 April. Flights between Cocos Island and Christmas Island will also commence on 3 April. Virgin Blue has committed one of its executive-style Embraer E-190 jets onto the new routes, an aircraft which has the capacity to carry 104 Guests on each sector, upload more freight and reduce the overall flying time to and from the mainland. Read the full media release …

I will include this information into the realtime rotation simulations as soon as possible.

Data Alert! New Horizons

The New Horizons realtime simulation is currently running on backup data. This data is pre-launch planning data but should be fairly accurate. Up to 31 December 2009, I have been using a more current and accurate SPICE kernel, however, I have not been able to locate an updated kernel. Any help here is greatly appreciated.

Data Alert! Christmas/Cocos Islands Services

I currently do not have current schedules for the Cobham / National Jet services from Perth via Learmonth to the Cocos (Keeling) Islands and Christmas Island. The last published data ran out on 31 December 2009. If anybody has more information, please contact me! In addition, AIOTA has stopped services in late 2009, so the entire Cocos (Keeling) Islands / Christmas Island rotation simulation page is rather blank.