Schedule observations in advance 3+ days

Hi new to satnogs , forgive me if these are easy questions but -

what does the target utilization do ? where is it set ?

How do i / can you schedule a observation more than a couple of days in advance , I can only seam to do 1 or 2 days depending on the time ?

Is there any way to automate the ground station to either report all passes over the ground station or book every pass of eg. the iss for example ? i was reading about a python script but not sure

Looking to upgread the arial in the next couple of weeks so hope to report better results


Target utilization is a filed in station settings. It doesn’t mean something right now but in the future it will be used from auto-scheduler in order to know how many observation can schedule on a station. There are various variables around the concept that haven’t already defined and are still under discussion.

From station page you can schedule up to 1 day in the future, in the observations/new page up to two days in the future.
For an observation you need to know the orbit of the satellite. It is needed for calculating observation’s start and end time and the pair of elevation and azimuth for each moment. For calculations we use TLE (two line elements), which is a prediction set of orbital elements that are valid(accurate) for a period before and after a point of time.
TLEs for the satellites we have in db and use in network are updated from time to time. Allowing scheduling in far future will reduce the accuracy of the pass. In most cases, in which the satellites do not have an active way to change their orbit, 1-2 weeks old elements could be still accurate. However in satellites, like ISS or NOAAs, when they correct their orbit TLEs could be invalid after one or two days.

There is the auto-scheduler project, still under development but fully working. You can read more on auto-scheduling on this and this thread.

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Many thanks
Point 1 , i see this mentioned in the auto scheduler post
Re point 2 I thought the calculations for the passes may be the issue,
re point 3 I had a look at the links, will work my way through and see if i can get it to run