/nUpcoming and Recent Decays and Re-entries - eventually air drag, gravity or retro-fire mean that a spacecraft or satellite is no longer able to stay in orbit. It re-enters the atmosphere to be destroyed or make a safe landing.
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2020 Nov 26
Thursday, Day 331

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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
43546    1998-067NUCUBERRT2020 Nov 282020 Nov 26
46930    2020-085BELECTRON R/B2020 Nov 302020 Nov 26
44960    2020-001AYSTARLINK-10772020 Dec 32020 Oct 29
38015    2011-077BCZ-3B R/B2020 Dec 102020 Nov 26
32261    2007-047BDELTA 2 R/B(2) (PAM-D)2020 Dec 192020 Nov 26
44827    2019-084DNOOR 1A2020 Dec 202020 Nov 26
46841    2020-079QCZ-6 R/B2020 Dec 252020 Nov 26
43588    2018-064BFALCON 9 R/B2020 Dec 292020 Nov 26
46611    2020-071BCZ-3B R/B2020 Dec 302020 Nov 26
44050    2019-009CFALCON 9 R/B2020 Dec 312020 Nov 26
44844    2019-087GKZ-1A R/B2021 Jan 32020 Nov 26
43548    1998-067NWRAINCUBE2021 Jan 42020 Nov 26
46397    2020-064BCZ-4B R/B2021 Jan 92020 Nov 26
43552    1998-067PAEQUISAT2021 Jan 122020 Nov 26
43549    1998-067NXHALOSAT2021 Jan 152020 Nov 26

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

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
46985   2020-086BFALCON 9 R/B2020 Nov 22
43590   1998-067PEOBJECT PE2020 Nov 20
43589   1998-067PDOBJECT PD2020 Nov 20
45385   2020-019ABSTARLINK-12682020 Nov 19
43591   1998-067PFBHUTAN-12020 Nov 18
46803   2020-074BSFALCON 9 R/B2020 Nov 16
46823   2020-077LELECTRON R/B2020 Nov 11
44960   2020-001AYSTARLINK-10772020 Nov 9
44825   2019-084BELECTRON KICK STAGE R/B2020 Nov 8
20023   1963-014EZWESTFORD NEEDLES2020 Nov 8
46750   2020-074MSTARLINK-19152020 Nov 6
46778   2020-074ARSTARLINK-19502020 Nov 6
44500   2019-054FELECTRON R/B2020 Nov 5
46669   2020-070BSFALCON 9 R/B2020 Oct 30
44829   2019-084FFOSSASAT-12020 Oct 28
41195   2015-083BCZ-3B R/B2020 Oct 28

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