Two-line element set is a widely used format that is also used by the leading astronautics organizations such as NORAD and NASA. Developers in the field are finding it convenient to conduct satellite tracking with two-line element set. But what do the two-line element sets include? To clarify, it consists of two lines which each has 69 characters. These characters are in fact data in a specific order that specifies the position and velocity of a satellite.
Satellites tracking with two-line element set is only possible for satellites that have publicly available data. In most cases, these are specified as “U” in classification which stands for “Unclassified”. There are also satellites with “secret data” which can be shown by an “S” as the classification value. But needless to say, data on these are generally not publicly available. An example for these satellites would be the ones that collect and send data regarding national security.
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Two-line element sets can only include the following characters:
It goes without saying that the data consists of two lines. Below, you may read a very brief explanation of the values you see in a two-line element set.
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The first line includes the following, in order:
For the second line, the pieces of data go in this order, again briefly:
As seen, the lines are a unified set of data that allows satellite tracking with two-line element set. Though, our satellite tracking API data is not limited to this but also covers the data in the set in a raw manner. This means that you can filter and use certain parameters to pull data of a certain satellite or a whole group of satellites that share the same value based on the parameter. For example, you can pull satellites.
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