Save Landsat 8 Satellite Images to Your Photo Library & Track the International Space Station in Real-Time

New feature in version 2 uses the NASA API to display a Landsat 8 image for the area below the International Space Station’s current location and save it to your Photos.

I’m happy to announce the release of version 2 of ISS Real-Time Tracker.

By popular request, in version 2, you can save a Landsat 8 image to your Photos.

ISS iPad Mini Vertical
ISS Real-Time Tracker on the iPad Mini

Using the NASA API, ISS Real-Time Tracker displays the latest Landsat 8 image corresponding to the International Space Station’s (ISS) current position.

When the ISS is over a land or coastal area, a Landsat 8 image will be displayed whenever you tap the map overlay button on the lower-left. Then, you can tap the save image icon to save it to Photo Library.

Sometimes, the Landsat 8 image may be poor, especially if the area was cloud-covered when the image was taken. Upon the next Landsat 8 image update a new image will be aquired. You’ll always get the latest image, good or bad. The image is really zoomed-in and covers a small scale of 0.025° in height and width.

You also get overhead pass predictions and can add any of them to your calendar as alerts! ISS Real-Time Tracker uses your current position anywhere in the world and generates a list of predicted passes that you may be able to view (depending upon your viewing conditions, light pollution, and obsructions). You can select 5, 10, 25, 50, or 100 up-coming passes to compute. Click on the binocular icon to generate the list or passes along with each pass’s duration in seconds. Click on any pass in the table and ISS Real-Time Tracker will create an event and add it to your iPhone or iPad calendar!

ISS Real-Time Tracker is a universal app that runs on iPhone, iPad, iPad Pro, and iPod touch and requires iOS 9.3 or higher.

Here are some screenshots from version 2.1:

Get ISS Real-Time Tracker on the App Store.