GCAT Release 1.4.0 (2023 Apr 14) | Data Update 2023 May 30
The General Catalog of Artificial Space Objects (GCAT) makes public the full satellite database that underlies Jonathan's Space Report
The diagram below indicates the general structure of the database, which reflects the data model of the information it describes.
An artificial space object (for short, in future simply `object') a satellite or spacecraft (active payload, rocket stage, discarded component, piece of debris) outside the Earth's lower atmosphere. At a given time it can be in one of the following object states:
The main object catalogs define and list the first phase of each object. Objects with more than one phase have their subsequent phases listed as entries in the event object catalogs. A subset of objects are considered payloads and have additional data in the payload catalogs.
Each object (with rare exceptions) is associated with a single launch, described in the launch lists. Each launch may be associated with many objects. The launch lists are the same as those in the already-published LVDB.
Each launch is associated with a launch vehicle and a launch origin (generalization of launch site), and both launches and objects are associated with organizations of several kinds (countries, owners, manufacturers). These associations are expressed by strings which link the launch and object catalogs with the supporting tables.
Figure: (1) Overall structure of GCAT. (2) Detailed structure of the object catalogs.
The supporting tables and the launch lists were published as GCAT release 1.0.2 in Aug 2020. Pre-release versions have been public for a decade as part of the Launch Vehicle Database (LVDB). Release 1.1.0 is the first complete, formally versioned and documented release to include the object catalogs.
For each payload, there is also a payload narrative and a payload event log. However, these are considerably further from being ready for publication, so don't hold your breath.
Note that in fixed width versions of the table files, column names are truncated to the field width. Sorry about that!
McDowell, Jonathan C., 2020. General Catalog of Artificial Space Objects, Release 1.4.0 , https://planet4589.org/space/gcat