Norsat International Inc., a Vancouver-based provider of innovative satellite communications solutions, announces the release of their Satellite Locator application for iPhone on the App Store. The application, available as a free download, enables users to locate geostationary satellites on a mobile phone from anywhere on the planet, and can be used to assess obstructions and assist in pointing satellite ground terminals, including Norsat’s ultra-portable GLOBETrekker™ and Rover™ systems.
The customizable application uses the camera of the iPhone to overlay a spatially accurate arc of satellites on the mobile phone screen, and includes a complete almanac of satellite information. Users simply launch the application and point the mobile phone at the sky to view an easy to understand graphical display of all geostationary satellites in the direction the phone is pointed. As the user sweeps their phone across the sky they can identify the elevation and direction of the satellite they wish to use, and use the almanac to find more information, including orbital position, azimuth, and polarity. Any obstructions viewed between the iPhone and the satellite can be visually identified, allowing the user to change their position or move the obstruction, in order to achieve a satellite lock. Norsat’s Satellite Locator is available for the iPhone and can be downloaded from the App Store free of charge.
Norsat President & CEO, Dr. Aimee Chan stated, “As a growing company with a growing user base, it is essential for Norsat to listen to our customers’ feedback and find new solutions. We developed the Satellite Locator App in response to a common customer support request for assistance with satellite pointing. This application is a very easy way for both technical and non-technical users to locate satellites, assess any obstructions in the line of sight and mitigate certain problems when aligning their ground terminals.”