Re-Entry: Dnepr Gas Dynamic Shield

Dnepr Third Stage - Credit: Kosmotras
Dnepr Third Stage – Credit: Kosmotras

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
Inclination: 98.2°
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

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