What software could a hobbyist use to visualise the flight path of a rocket from launch to some arbitrary time after launch? I imagine this software might draw the path over a globe. Additionally, if possible, I would also like to see the parts of the path where the engines were firing.

Specifically I am interested in seeing the flight path of the Falcon 9 Sentinel 6-Michael Freilich mission, the live stream of the launch showed very little of the actual flight.

I am interested in this launch in particular as I observed a glowing dot in the night sky with large glowing plume behind it. It looked like a rocket exhaust in low pressure, so I looked up recent rocket launches and came across this mission, and the timeframe seems to match the time I observed it from Southern Africa (approximately 18:20 GMT on the 21st of November). I wanted to see if it was possibly the firing of the second stage that I saw. It would be quite exciting if it was.


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flightclub.io is awesome and Declan is a genius.

Here's the visualization for the Flacon 9 Sentinel 6-Michael Freilich mission that took place on 21st November - Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich Simulation. If I am not mistaken by the parallax error, the flight profile did pass over Southern Africa. Check if it satisfies your requirements.

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    $\begingroup$ This is exactly what I wanted. Thank you very much. Looking at the path and the time of second engine cutoff, I highly suspect this is what I saw, Thanks very much $\endgroup$
    – Morgoth
    Commented Nov 26, 2020 at 14:05
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    $\begingroup$ @Morgoth You're welcome :) $\endgroup$ Commented Nov 26, 2020 at 14:23
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    $\begingroup$ Everyday Astronaut uses Declan's data to generate simulated telemetry for the F9 first stage (not provided by SpaceX on screen). Generally, touchdown on the drone ship / landing pad in the video feed, and a 0/0 reading on Declan's telemetry seem to match to a degree where you have to pause and single-frame the video to see the difference. It is truly awesome. $\endgroup$ Commented Nov 26, 2020 at 14:30
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    $\begingroup$ This is amazing Thank you! $\endgroup$
    – Manny
    Commented Nov 26, 2020 at 17:25

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