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Wolfram Knowledge about Satellites in Microsoft Excel

Satellite entities include the collection of objects that orbit Earth and are tracked by USSTRATCOM and NORAD. Classified satellites are not included.

A few example entities...

International Space Station
Apollo 8
Chandra X-ray Observatory
Cosmos 1813
Echostar 1
Landsat 5
STS 135
Telstar 302

You can access the following properties for each entity...

  • name
  • contractor
  • contractor country
  • operator countries
  • decay date
  • disciplines
  • satellite mass
  • expected lifetime
  • funding agencies
  • landing date
  • launch date
  • launch mass
  • launch site
  • launch vehicle
  • object type
  • operator
  • orbiter
  • power in watts
  • primary crew
  • purpose
  • user type
  • wikipedia summary text
  • apogee distance
  • longitude of ascending node Ω
  • average altitude
  • average orbit velocity
  • distance
  • eccentricity
  • orbital altitude
  • TLE epoch
  • heading
  • inclination
  • mean motion
  • orbit type
  • argument of periapsis ω
  • perigee distance
  • longitude of periapsis ϖ
  • orbital period
  • satellite visibility distance
  • semimajor axis
  • semiminor axis
  • time in orbit
  • transmission delay
  • instantaneous velocity
  • visible region radius
  • alternate names
  • NORAD number
  • international designator
  • image
  • altitude
  • azimuth
  • above the horizon
  • constellation
  • declination
  • magnetic azimuth
  • right ascension
  • next rise
  • next set
  • sun angle
  • + more
  • - less

Note: Wolfram entities represent physical entities as well as mathematical and other scientific concepts. Each entity type has a unique set of properties. Wolfram entity types and properties correspond to "data types" and "fields" in Excel.

How to Use Wolfram Data in Excel

Note: This is now available with a Microsoft 365 Family or Personal subscription.


Highlight data and click the Automatic button

Select cells or columns in a table with the text to convert, then select the Automatic button in the Data Types gallery of the Data tab. Wolfram's natural language understanding will recognize the entities and convert them.


Browse associated data

Select the Insert Data button that appears to browse a list of all available properties. Select one to insert data into your workbook. When you have data in a table, Excel will automatically fill the table for you. Wolfram has hundreds of expertly curated entities in Excel, encompassing the sciences, arts, culture, and more.


Automatically get data

Once converted to an entity, you can use key Excel features to work with data pulled from Wolfram. Sort and Filter data, or create formulas that reference an entity's properties and values.


Browse more information

Selecting the icon of a converted cell opens a card where you can find detailed data from Wolfram. This means you don't need to leave Excel to accomplish your goals.

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