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.
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
Whilst upgrading the background processes to allow for the upcoming Cassini multiple flybys, I have also fixed some errors that occurred in missions where there is no distance flown information available.
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.
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.
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.
This blog is meant to support my realtime simulation and data website at http://www.dmuller.net, providing an easy forum to publish some background information etc.