The Castor 30XL Upper Stage of the second mission of the Antares 230 launch vehicle re-entered the atmosphere on November 25, 2017 after only 13 days in orbit following the successful launch of the Cygnus OA-8 cargo craft to resupply the International Space Station. It was the second Castor 30XL solid-fueled upper stage to reach orbit and delivered a flawless performance during flight, actually sending Cygnus into a slightly higher orbit than predicted, repeating the slight overperformance from its first mission.
NORAD ID: 43007
Object: Antares R/B
Type: Castor 30XL Upper Stage
Launched: November 12, 2017 – 12:19 UTC
Launch Vehicle: Antares 230
Launch Site: Pad 0A, MARS; Wallops Flight Facility
Initial Orbit: 200 x 328 km, 51.63°
Re-Entry Prediction: November 25, 2016 – 05:49 UTC +/-1 Min.
Re-Entry Zone: Canada