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Feeling the Heat!

Air drag and, sometimes, gravitational effects cause satellites to re-enter the Earth's atmosphere. Occasionally, re-entry is caused by a deliberate decision of a satellite owner to fire a retro-rocket and bring some part of a space vehicle back to Earth.

Most re-entries result in the vehicle being destroyed by frictional heating as it passes through the Earth's atmosphere. Some fragments may get through and hit the Earth's surface - hence the system of TIP messages to warn of the event. Only a space vehicle fitted with a heat shield will get through the atmosphere for a landing.

NOTES - Names used on this page are as used by Space-Track rather than the more-descriptive ones in zarya.info's tables. Dates and times are UTC.


Anticipated Re-entries

Below are re-entries expected over the next few weeks. The table includes only natural re-entries of satellites and rocket bodies. It excludes debris items and planned events like a Soyuz spacecraft returning from the ISS.

Information comes from Space-Track. Most entries are from the 60-day decay prediction messages that are updated each week on Thursday at about 01:00 UTC but some are extracted from TIP Messages. If the re-entry date has already passed then you might find the object is in the actual re-entry list further down the page.

Cat No Designation Name (SpaceTrack) Predicted
Date
Prediction
Issued
44274    2019-029ARSTARLINK-622020 Aug 152020 Aug 11
44235    2019-029ASTARLINK-312020 Aug 182020 Aug 12
44237    2019-029CSTARLINK-232020 Aug 182020 Aug 12
44239    2019-029ESTARLINK-252020 Aug 182020 Aug 12
44241    2019-029GSTARLINK-272020 Aug 182020 Aug 12
44244    2019-029KSTARLINK-302020 Aug 182020 Aug 12
44245    2019-029LSTARLINK-212020 Aug 182020 Aug 12
44250    2019-029RSTARLINK-362020 Aug 182020 Aug 12
44251    2019-029SSTARLINK-372020 Aug 182020 Aug 12
44253    2019-029USTARLINK-392020 Aug 182020 Aug 12
44254    2019-029VSTARLINK-322020 Aug 182020 Aug 12
44258    2019-029ZSTARLINK-402020 Aug 182020 Aug 12
44260    2019-029ABSTARLINK-452020 Aug 182020 Aug 12
44261    2019-029ACSTARLINK-442020 Aug 182020 Aug 12
44262    2019-029ADSTARLINK-492020 Aug 182020 Aug 12
44263    2019-029AESTARLINK-722020 Aug 182020 Aug 12
44264    2019-029AFSTARLINK-352020 Aug 182020 Aug 12
44265    2019-029AGSTARLINK-632020 Aug 182020 Aug 12
44266    2019-029AHSTARLINK-542020 Aug 182020 Aug 12
44267    2019-029AJSTARLINK-692020 Aug 182020 Aug 12
44269    2019-029ALSTARLINK-572020 Aug 182020 Aug 12
44271    2019-029ANSTARLINK-592020 Aug 182020 Aug 12
44272    2019-029APSTARLINK-512020 Aug 182020 Aug 12
44280    2019-029AXSTARLINK-382020 Aug 182020 Aug 12
44283    2019-029BASTARLINK-562020 Aug 182020 Aug 12
44284    2019-029BBSTARLINK-732020 Aug 182020 Aug 12
44288    2019-029BFSTARLINK-792020 Aug 182020 Aug 12
44290    2019-029BHSTARLINK-782020 Aug 182020 Aug 12
44293    2019-029BLSTARLINK-742020 Aug 182020 Aug 12
44248    2019-029PSTARLINK-342020 Aug 202020 Aug 12
44291    2019-029BJSTARLINK-772020 Aug 202020 Aug 12
44292    2019-029BKSTARLINK-812020 Aug 202020 Aug 12
44294    2019-029BMSTARLINK-532020 Aug 202020 Aug 12
44745    2019-074AJSTARLINK-10402020 Aug 202020 Aug 12
44285    2019-029BCSTARLINK-502020 Aug 222020 Aug 12
43217    2018-020CTINTIN B2020 Aug 252020 Jul 29
43216    2018-020BTINTIN A2020 Sep 22020 Aug 12
39482    2013-075BCZ-3B R/B2020 Sep 152020 Aug 12
44256    2019-029XSTARLINK-422020 Sep 182020 Aug 12
44259    2019-029AASTARLINK-522020 Sep 222020 Aug 12
43554    1998-067PCOBJECT PC2020 Sep 252020 Aug 12
21941    1992-021CARIANE 44L+ R/B2020 Sep 262020 Aug 12
44832    2019-084JSMOG-P2020 Sep 262020 Aug 12
44545    2019-061DCZ-3B R/B2020 Sep 282020 Aug 12
44831    2019-084HOBJECT H2020 Sep 302020 Aug 5
44830    2019-084GATL-12020 Oct 32020 Aug 5


TIP Messages may already have been issued but their publication is not routine. TIP Messages are more up to date and more precise than entries in the table and take precedence over them. Information is updated every 15 minutes. All times are UTC.

Cat No Designation Name (Space-Track) Estimated
Date & Time
Window TIP Message
Issued

There are no forward looking TIP messages at present



Recent Re-entries

This table lists major re-entries that occurred in the last 30 days, whether natural or deliberate. Information is provided by Space-Track and the list is updated frequently.

Cat No Designation Name (SpaceTrack) Actual
Date
44236   2019-029BSTARLINK-222020 Aug 9
44277   2019-029AUSTARLINK-412020 Aug 9
43217   2018-020CTINTIN B2020 Aug 8
45174   2019-022LAC 10 PROBE (GANGESTAD)2020 Aug 7
43658   2018-082BSL-4 R/B2020 Aug 4
45623   2020-033ACREW DRAGON DEMO-22020 Aug 2
45983   2020-052AMARS 20202020 Jul 31
45984   2020-052BATLAS 5 CENTAUR R/B2020 Jul 31
45938   2020-050BSL-4 R/B2020 Jul 27
45936   2020-049BCZ-5 R/B2020 Jul 24
45935   2020-049ATIANWEN-12020 Jul 24
44799   2019-079CSL-4 R/B2020 Jul 18


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