The application includes various satellite constellations, such as Iridium, Galileo, O3b, Globalstar, Sirius Radio and GPS (Global Positioning System). To work, it requires the Tcl/Tk libraries, as well as the Geomview for 3D visualizations.
Features at a glance
Key features include support for several satellites, an easy-to-use and intuitive graphical user interface (GUI), support for multiple Earth projections, support for multiple operating systems, Geomview compatibility, support for OpenGL, as well as optional 3D viewing capabilities.
A wide variety of constellations are supported by SaVi. Among the most popular ones, we can mention COMMstellation, Ellipso, ICO, NUONCE, Aries, Macrocell, Odyssey, Spaceway NGSO, Boeing Higgings patent, Deligo, ICO, SkyBridge, Teledesic and Celestri.
Getting started with SaVi
Its graphical user interface is written in Tk, which means that it will look quite old for the modern era we live in. Along with the main window of the application, another dialog will open when fire up the application for the first time, displaying comments about certain satellites.
From the File menu, the user will be able to load satellites, as well as to save them as Tcl scripts. You will also be able to edit simulation constants, selected satellite or create a new satellite from the Edit menu.
Under the hood, supported OSes and architectures
Taking a look under the hood of the SaVi project, we can mention that the C, Unix Shell and Tcl programming languages have been used to write it. The program has been engineered to be compatible with all GNU/Linux distributions, as well as with the FreeBSD, Solaris, Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X operating systems. Currently, both 32-bit and 64-bit computer architectures are supported.
Reviewed by Marius Nestor, last updated on December 4th, 2014
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- The SaVi 1.4.4 release (18 February 2011) builds on Tcl/Tk 8.6b1, updates script simulating O3b based on latest information, adds simulations of Japanese NeLS rosette and COMMstellation constellations, allows selection between existing J2 and classical J0 orbital models with -orbit-model flag, provides keyboard menu shortcuts (except on buggy Mac Tk), warns against deletion of help textfiles, supports building with just 'make' on x86_64 linux systems, adds notes on packaging and release processes.
Application descriptionSaVi is an open source, multi-platform and free graphical software implemented in Tcl/Tk/C++/UNIX Shell and desig...