Re-Entry: China’s AX-1 SmallSat
The Chinese AX-1 satellite re-entered the atmosphere on September 29, concluding a three-month mission to test out innovative navigation technology.
The Star of Aoxiang was the first ever 12U CubeSat to be launched, measuring 20 x 20 x 30 centimeters in size and hosting an experimental payload testing polarization-sensitive optical navigation outside the atmosphere.
NORAD ID: 41625
Type: LEO SmallSat
Launched: June 25, 2016 – 12:00 UTC
Launch Vehicle: Long March 7
Launch Site: Wenchang Satellite Launch Center, Hainan, China
Re-Entry Prediction: September 29, 2016 – 21:30 UTC +/-120 Minutes
Re-Entry Location: Unknown