Re-Entry: Block-ML Upper Stage

Photo: Roscosmos
Photo: Roscosmos

A spent rocket body from a 2004 Molniya launch re-entered the atmosphere on October 12, 2016 after a dozen years in orbit.

The Molniya rocket lifted the Molniya 1-93 communications satellite into  an elliptical orbit to deliver services to the Russian Federation including the northern territories.

NORAD ID: 28164
Origin: Russia/CIS
Object: SL-6 Rocket Body
Type: Block-ML Upper Stage
Mass: 1,150kg
Launched: February 18, 2004 – 07:05 UTC
Launch Vehicle: Molniya 8K78M
Launch Site: Plesetsk, Russia

Re-Entry Prediction:October 12, 2016 – 17:29 UTC +/-40 Min.

Re-Entry Zone: Unknown


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