A new iPhone app provides notifications to a user when spy satellites or unclassified imaging satellites are zooming above their heads and taking pictures.
Washington: A new iPhone app provides notifications to a user when spy satellites or unclassified imaging satellites are zooming above their heads and taking pictures.
Orbit Logic of Greenbelt, Md., has created the 'SpyMeSat' app that shows a dynamic map indicating orbit tracks and the location of remote sensing satellites with upcoming passes over a user's specified location.
President of Orbit Logic, Alex Herz said that the app is the firm's first app designed for everyday folks, and a product that extends the company's customer base beyond the aerospace, defense and government intelligence communities, Discovery News reports.
The SpyMeSat app uses multiple sources like orbit data from the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and fuses it with available public information about commercial and international imaging satellites.
According to the report, the iPhone app users can see a satellite's trajectory around their location and also get an alert when a camera-snapping or radar-scanning satellite might be in range.
App users can also organize the app in several ways in which they can modify the location of interest and get more details about each imaging opportunity.
The report added that all of the imaging satellites in the app are in low-Earth orbit at an altitude of about 500 miles and do not include all imaging spacecraft or classified imaging satellites from any nation.