Re-Entry: Briz-M Auxiliary Propellant Tank

Image: Khrunichev
Image: Khrunichev

A Briz-M propellant tank re-entered the atmosphere on January 15, 2016 after seven years in orbit, making a slow decay from an elliptical orbit where it arrived as part of a mission to Geostationary Transfer Orbit. The Proton-M / Briz-M rocket launched the Protostar 2 communications satellite.

NORAD ID: 34943
Origin: CIS (Russia)
Object: Briz-M Debris (Tank)
Type: Briz-M Auxiliary Propellant Tank
Inclination: 48.9°
Launched: May 16, 2009 – 00:57 UTC
Launch Vehicle: Proton-M/Briz-M
Launch Site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

Re-Entry Prediction: January 15, 2016 – 07:19 UTC +/-7Min.
Re-Entry Zone: Africa, Mediterranean, Asia

Re-Entry Zone
Image: Spaceflight101/Orbitron
Image: Spaceflight101/Orbitron