Availability of SkyBoT service

The method status is intended to people who need to know the status of the SkyBoT database.

HTTP Request

If you are a software/solutions developer, you might want to include the SkyBoT skybotstatus service into your application. This can be done by using the web service method or by using the following HTTP request:[parameters]
where [parameters] is a list of parameters separated by the character &. The allowed parameters are:
-mime=<string> Mime type of the results votable | html | text | json
-ep=<dateTime> Epoch covered by the database for which the status is requested all (default) | now | Y-m-d [h:m:s]
-project=<string> Name of one of the SkyBoT databases sbot2 (default) | sbotRosetta | sbotKepler | sbotEarthL2 | sbotTESS
-from=<string> Word which define the name of the caller application,
or which describes the request
any short string
(no space character)

The output results are described in the following section, and are available in VOTable (default), HTML, plain text format, and JSON object (cf. examples). The -mime argument is optionnal and its value can be omitted (just write nothing or ...&-mime= without value). In this case, the output is displayed as VOTable. The argument -ep is also optionnal (just write nothing or ...&-ep= without value). If omitted, the status of the SkyBoT database is given for all periods of time.

Web service

The SkyBoT Web service provides methods based on SOAP and HTTP POST verb which allow one to interact between its own application and the SkyBoT service. Here is the useful information to invoke the SkyBoT skybotstatus method:
Web Service URI:
SOAP header:
name of the SOAP header element: clientID
SOAP header's content: array('from' => 'YourName', 'hostip'=>'')
skybotstatus (inputArray)
The input parameter of the method is an array which must contained the following parameter:
VariableTypeUnitsLimits or valuesDefaultComment
mime string - votable | html | text | json votable Mime type of the results
epoch dateTime - empty | Y-m-d [h:m:s] empty Epoch covered by the database for which the status is requested
project string - sbot2 | sbotRosetta | sbotKepler | sbotEarthL2 | sbotTESS sbot2 Name of one of the SkyBoT databases

The output of the skybotstatus method is an object containing the following attributes:

the status of the response: flag=1 means ok; flag=0 or flag=-1 mean that an error occured
the HTTP status-code of the response (e.g. 400: bad request, 422: Unprocessable Entity, 500: internal error)
the Unix timestamp of the response which can be useful to stamp the request
a string containing the status of SkyBoT database, described in the output results section
Depending on the selected mime type, the output is formatted as:
the data are written in the IVOA standard VOTable format
the data are transformed from VOTable to HTML by XSLT processing (SkyBoT XSL style sheet)
the data are returned in plain text where each value is separated by the pipe '|' character
the data are written in a JSON object.

Query examples

Output results

The output parameters of the method is a string which contains information which contains the following information:

1 Status of the database 'ok', 'update in progress', 'check in progress', 'unavailable'
2 Starting date of the time span covered by the database julian day
3 Ending date of the time span covered by the database julian day
4 Number of asteroids in the database -
5 Number of planets in the database -
6 Number of natural satellites in the database -
7 Number of comets in the database -
8 Date of the last update dateTime (ISO format)

Structure of the output JSON object

When the output mime type is the JSON data-interchange format, the status of SkyBoT service is encapsulated into a structure defined as follows:
    "Status": {string}, 
    "Date_start": {dateTime}, 
    "Date_end": {dateTime}, 
    "obj_aster": {int}, 
    "obj_planet": {int}, 
    "obj_satel": {int}, 
    "obj_comet": {int}, 
    "Last_update": {dateTime} 

How to consume

You have two ways to use the SkyBoT web service: by writting a client to send requests to the SkyBoT server and to receive and analyze the response, or by using a command line interface and a data transfert program such as curl or wget. For example, you can execute the following command in a console:
$> wget "<URL>"
where <URL> is described in section HTTP request.

In order to help you to invoke the SkyBoT web service, we provide some clients written in differents languages. Here are some detailed explanations to write a client with PHP and SOAP which invokes the skybotstatus method:

1/ Provide the input parameters which are mandatory for the service:

// Client's ID: provide the name of your project or organisation or yourself
$from = 'MyName';
// Input parameters
$param = array('mime' => "text", 'project' => "sbot2");

2/ Define the SOAP options, the namespace and the WSDL URI of SkyBoT web service:

// Enables or disables the WSDL caching feature
ini_set('soap.wsdl_cache_enabled', 1);
// SkyBoT namespace
$namespace = '';
// SkyBoT WSDL
$uriwsdl = $namespace.'/skybot.wsdl';

3/ Create a SoapClient object in WSDL mode, set the SOAP header, then call the method and catch exceptions:

try {
   // Constructs the client
   $client = new SoapClient($uriwsdl, array('exceptions'=>1));
   // SOAP header
   $header = array('from'=>$from, 'hostip'=>'', 'lang'=>'en');
   $client->__setSoapHeaders(array(new SOAPHeader($namespace, 'clientID', $header)));  
   // Call the resolver method
   $response = $client->__soapCall('skybotstatus',$param);
   // Display the results
   if ($param['mime'] == 'text') {
      header("HTTP/1.0 200");
      header("Content-Type: text/plain");
      $res = explode(';', $response->result);
      $nbr = count($res);
      $newkey = array_keys($res);
      for ($i=0; $i<$nbr; $i++) { echo $res[$newkey[$i]].PHP_EOL; }
    } else if ($param['mime'] == 'json') {
      header("HTTP/1.0 200");
      header("Content-Type: application/json");
      echo $response->result;
   } else {
      header("HTTP/1.0 200");
      header("Content-Type: text/xml;content=x-votable");
      echo $response->result;
catch (SoapFault $fault) 
   trigger_error("SOAP Fault: {$fault->getTraceAsString()} (faultcode: {$fault->faultcode},
                               faultstring: {$fault->faultstring})", E_USER_ERROR);