The Gas Dynamic Shield of a Dnepr rocket launched in 2011 re-entered the atmosphere on March 3, 2016. The Gas Dynamic Shield is an element of the payload stack, protecting the satellite after separation of the payload fairing, especially during the operation of the third stage that fires its engines backward, pulling the stack into orbit. Shortly before spacecraft separation, the Gas Dynamic Sheld is jettisoned, placing it in a similar orbit as the spacecraft.
NORAD ID: 37797
Origin: CIS (Russia)
Object: SL-24 Debris
Type: Dnepr Gas Dynamic Shield
Launched: August 17, 2011 – 7:12 UTC
Launch Vehicle: Dnepr
Launch Site: Dombarovsky Russia
Launched a Satellite Cluster
Re-Entry Prediction: March 3, 2016 – 16:12 UTC +/-16 Min.
Re-Entry Zone: Unknown