Interesting Satellite Visualizations for Google Earth

[UPDATE: This visualization was taken down by the author, so is no longer available]
Satellite visualizations in Google EarthOne of the Google Earth Community (GEC) members called ‘pseabury’ (Paul Seabury) has published a number of KMZ files containing visualizations for a number of satellite types (Iridium, amateur radio, Globalstar, disaster monitoring, military, geodetic, geostationary, and more). Each collection shows the satellites, their footprints and cones, their subsatellite points, and their orbital data in the info balloon. They look really cool in Google Earth (as seen in the screenshot). Check out the one for the Iridium satellites for example. Or, try the GPS satellites which are in orbits 12,600 miles above the Earth. You can find all the different KMZ files for different types of satellites as separate posts in this thread. The first post contains a zip file with a program for running the satellite updater he wrote (read more details in another post in the thread). Paul also did the Tropical Data network link useful during hurricane season which I first wrote about over a year ago.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. The dynamic data layer models by Paul Seabury are “outragous”!!!!
    This model concept within GE would really serve great from NASA, in place of their java driven tracking system located at
    Thank you so much for pointing this post out

  2. There is another good satellite visualisation here:
    I think I somewhat prefer this – it’s all in one network link rather than several, and while a bit less accurate with altitude, is a bit easier to navigate.

  3. hi i would like to know is it posssiableto get free live feed from any web sit or program on satillite views open to the public

  4. yeah, how do i get the data to overlay. what format does it have to be, and how do i integrate it in a map?

  5. Laurent says:

    Don’t those files not exist anymore?
    I’m looking an a way to display gestationary satellites in the GEarth Plugin and found this, but as it does not exist anymore ….
    Any hints where to find a similar thing?
    Thanks in advance

  6. In the last few months Ive noticed some amazing changes in this ap on my phone. I can bid and schedule a job from my phone while out in the field. And some times do the job that same day.

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