In this talk we’ll learn how to use existing tools to calculate and plot realtime satellite positions on a map using Leaflet.js and satellite.js. Along the way we’ll sneak in some orbital mechanics concepts, minus a lot of the hardcore math.
Perturbations, polar orbits, orbital eccentricity, Kepler’s laws, orbital propagation, oh my!
We will also learn about the pitfalls of 2D map projections, and why a 3D projection is more accurate and intuitive. If there’s time, we’ll go one step further and build a 3D satellite tracker using WebGL.