Tracking Satellites Using the Internet


Students studying physics use Internet resources to determine the orbital period of satellites.  Using Newton's Universal Law of Gravity, students then calculate satellite orbital velocities and altitudes. A printable version of this activity is found here.

  1. Moving Stars?
  2. Internet Tracking Maps
  3. Part I - Determine the orbital period of Yohkoh
  4. Part II - Determine the orbital velocity of Yohkoh
  5. Part III - Determine the orbiting altitude of Yohkoh
  6. Monitoring a Satellite Network

Learning Outcomes

By completing this activity, the learner will:

Back to the Classroom or onward to Moving Stars

Lesson designed by the YPOP Team

For questions about this lesson, please contact Tim Slater