TLE Future - Alpha5 or JSON?

the NORAD_CAT_ID satellite number used in the TLE will soon run out of available numbers. Will this platform start using Alpha5 or JSON?

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Not sure what SatNOGS is going to do. Here’s explanation of the issue at Space-Track and Celestrak:

The STK docs read:

The alpha5 format was proposed by the USAF as an intermediary solution for extending the use of TLEs to a larger catalog size. Its use is now discouraged.

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The primary key used to identify satellites in SatNOGS is the SatNOGS Satellite ID already, which is not affected by the exhaustion of 5-digit numbers for the NORAD ID.

Exchange of ephemerides like is done via TLEs currently and it is planned already to be extended by the use of CCSDS Orbital Mean-Elements Messages (OMM). I just created satnogs-db#543 to track this.

There is probably no need for Alpha-5 to be used by SatNOGS at any point.

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